Australia - The biggest Transmission dance event to date – in terms of audience numbers and Robe moving lights – was staged at Sydney Showground in Australia, where thousands of fans absorbed the music of The Awakening plus visuals courtesy of lighting designer Bas Kemper and the Vision Impossible collective.
Over 200 Robe moving lights - 78 x Pointes, 90 x MegaPointes, 10 x Spiiders, 20 x LEDBeam150s and 19 x BMFL Blades - on the rig ensured that this replicated the seminal moments of the Awakening cycle which started in the O2 Arena in Transmission’s ‘home’ city of Prague, Czech Republic last October and was another memorable visual extravaganza.
Transmission’s originators, United Music, worked closely with local promoters Symbiotic, whose Janette Bishara and Richard McNeil understood the importance of recreating the defining spirit and essence of Transmission Prague, and went all-out to ensure the 2019 Australian event provided the same awesome production values.
The Robe presence at Transmission had started seriously at the 2017 Prague event, with 24 x MegaPointes on Bas’s design. The 2018 Prague edition - which kicked off the Awakening cycle - was delivered with 98 x Robe fixtures, so Bas and his core programming / operating team of Zis Ankone and Martijn Deenen, both also from the Netherlands like Bas, were delighted when the spec for Australia came through offering over 200 Robes.
These and all the other lighting for the show were supplied by MPH Australia. The Melbourne based company has one of the l
UK/USA - Rising British rock band Don Broco have finished a UK arena and club tour, and now head to the States. Dominating their stage production have been impression X4 Bar 20 LED battens from GLP, specified and programmed by Ben Inskip.
Ben was asked to join the band’s team in 2017 when they announced a one-off show at Alexandra Palace to kick off their new album campaign, which at the time was the biggest full production show they had done. “Since then we have done shows of all shapes and sizes, but this arena tour was another big step up for them and a fitting end to the Technology album cycle,” says Ben.
In keeping with the Technology name, the LD set out to give the shows a futuristic look throughout the cycle “using a lot of straight lines to create interesting shapes”.
“The design evolved over many revisions to a point where I had plenty of high impact looks and tons of versatility at my disposal,” he reports. “The X4 battens were at the top of my list when choosing fixtures. There really isn’t anything comparable for highlighting the shape of the production as well as having the ability to get those really cool sheets of light and a substantial stage wash at times too.”
With variance in venue size the lighting package was scalable. “However, the routing of the tour actually worked out quite well in this regard, as we started in the smallest venue on the tour and scaled up a bit every day. The design scaled vertically and horizontally while maintaining the main shape, which is where the X4 Bars rea
UK - Colour Sound Experiment collaborated with lighting designer Miles Weaver as the lighting supplier for the intimate soul-y funk sounds of UK singer/ songwriter Nao, who has just completed the first UK and European leg of her Saturn tour following the release of her second album last autumn.
The tour was project-managed for Colour Sound by Alex Ryan, who comments: “It’s the first time we’ve worked with Miles as a supplier and it was an excellent experience. His design was original and interesting, and it is always exciting to be involved with an LD and artist with a great future ahead.”
Miles took a floor package on the tour, stepping up to a full rig for the London showcase at Brixton Academy.
The floor package had to offer max versatility yet pack down into a trailer, so Miles chose 12 x Robe Spiider LED wash beams for this. He wanted to achieve some specific effects like creating walls of colour but was keen to use a fixture other than an LED batten.
His specials design also had to be infinitely scalable depending on the available stage space, and the 12 Spiiders were a great solution on this front as well as working with whatever venue house or top rigs were available each night.
For Brixton, it was a complete ‘own show’ scenario, but they had to step up seamlessly to over 4 times the size of rig with no rehearsal or tech time!
The Spiider count expanded to 36 for Brixton, with 18 of the additional 24 units rigged on two overhead V-shaped trusses - one slightly higher than the other – mirrored – footp
Italy - There will be an opportunity to see and hear some of Italy’s leading DJs close up during Music Inside Rimini next month. They will discuss “the fascinating world of musical entertainment”. The event, dedicated to lighting, sound, visuals, integrated systems and broadcast, organised by Italian Exhibition Group takes place at the Rimini Expo Centre from 5-7 May.
On Sunday 5 May, the DJ Zone, located in the expo’s Hall C6, will host a series of meetings such as Club Culture’s new venues, from clubs to festivals. The conference, promoted by MIR and SILB (Italian Dancehall Owners Syndicate) and organized by DOC Servizi, will attempt to explain the numerous facets of this trend. The guests will include organisers of events, such as the Nameless Music Festival, Ortigia Sound System Music Festival and Terraforma Festival.
The session titled DJs and performers: the relationship with music, technology and instruments, will be moderated by Damir Ivic, journalist and all-round music expert. Alternating on the podium for discussions on this topic and giving in-depth descriptions of their personal experiences will be several of the most famous Italian and international artistes on the music scene, including DJs Claudio Coccoluto, Fabio B and Alex Neri and DJ/performers Fabio Florido and the Parisi Brothers.
Greece - Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city, has established itself as a leading entertainment centre in the eastern Mediterranean with a thriving nightclub scene, a highly regarded film festival, popular theatres and a seemingly never-ending schedule of live music concerts.
Indicative of the city’s current entertainment panache was the winter concert series at the Pyli A Performance Stage. A highlight of the series was a concert by multi-platinum contemporary Laïkó singer Antonis Remos. Supporting the star’s passionate performance was a majestic George Porros-designed lightshow that immersed the audience with a stunning display of 144 overhead light tubes.
Suspended over almost the entire stage and extending out over the audience stage left and stage right, the tubes created an impressive image. Constantly morphing into different configurations as different tubes were turned on and off, the overhead display changed the entire look of the stage to reflect different aspects of Remos’ music.
Kiriakos Dimitriadis of Audiotech controlled this overhead panorama with his ChamSys PC Wing and dual DMX. “We used the ChamSys for pixel mapping, and to control the tilt and intensity of the tubes,” said Dimitriadis. “I have been a ChamSys user for nine years. It is a very friendly tool that makes it easy to navigate my way around any show, even when I don’t have a lot of time to prepare, which was the case with this concert.
“The lightshow for Antonis Ramos was rather elaborate with a lot of different angles and patterns. For
Europe - Tears for Fears are back on the road in style, kicking off 2019 with a sold-out UK and European arena tour for which lighting designer Alex Reardon, from LA-based creative design practice Silent House, delivered the lighting scheme.
Alex utilised 66 x Robe MegaPointe moving lights as a key element of the rig - among other fixtures - to imagine a memorable looking and flexible lightshow as the band delighted enthusiastic audiences - original and new - and fans with their diverse catalogue and multiple hits.
He positioned the multipurpose MegaPointes everywhere in the rig. Thirty - 10 each - were rigged on three overhead trusses, some were positioned upstage behind a row of LED video pixel battens, there were three per side on the deck for low-level cross lighting and another six in the air each side for high-level effects.
He described the MegaPointe as “a perfect size and choice for multiple lighting tasks” on this design.
Their flexibility meant he could use them for a soft-edged front light and a hard-edged beam effect, having both the necessary punch and being compact and adaptable enough to work in arenas of all sizes.
In addition to these, Alex spec’d two BMFL Spot fixtures which were used with a Robe RoboSpot remote follow spot system. “I’m a huge fan of this,” he commented. “The simplicity of operation and the smooth motion of the RoboSpot system is stunning, and the fixtures are great as well.”
He and his lighting director / operator on the road, Richard White, left the targeting and iris control t
The Netherlands - With a change of frequencies to Europe’s 4G network, one of the oldest and most respected universities in the Netherlands needed help updating its audio equipment system.
Utrecht University was the setting for an ambitious three-year audio installation of Shure equipment, with ULX-D Digital Wireless systems being deployed across three main areas: Utrecht Science Park/De Uithof, the University Quarter in the city centre of Utrecht and the International Campus Utrecht (ICU).
With more than 29,000 students, 5,500 faculty and staff and 100 buildings – including 45 buildings used for educational purposes and lecture halls – updating the audio equipment to a digital system that delivered superb audio clarity, along with flexibility and ease of use was essential.
Award-winning integrator JNV, with support from AV specialist distribution company Output, managed the installation of the Shure equipment to provide the right solutions for the university.
Peter Janssen, AV domain specialist at Utrecht University, explains why a requirement for a digital system was needed: “There was a change of frequencies to the 4G Network in Europe, which led us to upgrade our previous system to a digital system. The new system offers us greater performance in terms of the amount of microphones in use under the new bandwidth restrictions brought in by the recent changes.”
Jan Zwanenberg, digital architect, JNV, adds: “Utrecht University has around 90 microphone systems in use across the campus; that is a mixture of handheld, lapel, pod
South Africa - Semi Soet is a new music venue which opened its door in Centurion in 2018. The owners turned to DWR Distribution for their audio and lighting requirements and the effective solution included Quest loudspeakers, a DiGiCo console and Robe lighting.
Jaco Beukes from DWR recommended four Quest HPI110 Compact High-definition loudspeakers and two Quest HPI18BP Bandpass 18” Subwoofers as the main audio system. “We had to install a system that would offer quality, and it certainly helped that Quest comes at a reasonable price,” said Beukes.
The audio installation also included two Quest QM450A Lightweight Active 12" loudspeakers for the monitor requirements. The centre-fill and out-fills comprise of two Quest HPI111 Compact Hight-definition speakers. To cater for the audio upstairs, three HP15 5” High Output Loudspeakers were added.
Semi Soet decided to invest in the DiGiCo S21. The DiGiCo D-Rack provides 32 microphone inputs and 16 outputs for PA and additional monitor sends.
For the intimate stage and lighting requirements, Schalk Botha from DWR headed the project. Besides the installation of two lighting bars (4m each), new fixtures include Robin Spikies for fast LED Washbeams, and two Robin LEDBeam150s for sweeping beams and wide, far-reaching washes. A Showline SL Nitro 510 creates LED strobes. The rig also includes Longman F4Ups, F8Ups and FacePar 900A LED flat par lights.
Geared towards small to large size venues, the Le Matire MVS Hazer was chosen.
“This was a great project to work on,” said Jaco. “W
Poland - The first half of The Stand-Up Show 2019 Tour took in the largest indoor venues across 13 major Polish cities, playing to sold-out crowds in every location. Audio production was provided by Poznań-based Gigant Sound Letus who did the initial dates with their Outline GTO C-12 system before introducing their newly-acquired Superfly rig mid-tour.
Jakub Mikołajczak fulfilled the dual role of system technician and FOH sound engineer on the tour. He commented, “My first contact with the Outline Superfly system was during the BAJM tour in 2018. I was truly impressed with how powerful and great-sounding the Superfly was.
“We changed the C-12 system to Superfly more or less in the middle of the tour and to be perfectly honest, very little changed in the quality of the sound despite the much smaller physical size of system. Coverage, dynamics, and tonality weren't affected in any unexpected way, despite working in quite acoustically demanding auditoria. Superfly simply sounds like Outline, so the quality of the sound is unquestionable and reaching the desired sound is easy and intuitive for a regular user of Outline speakers.”
Mikołajczak concludes, “Stand-Up Show 2019 Tour was more than just spoken word, as it also included a band which, due to the genre of the music presented, required some punch. To my mind, the requirements were met. The small size of these speakers compared to their potential should be appreciated as well - just 12 to 16 modules in total were enough to cover the floor of almost all the halls. The acousti
Spain - Twenty-four Astera AX1 Pixel Tubes were utilised for one of 20 site-specific lighting installations created by individual artists for the first UMBRA Light Festival in Vitoria-Gastiez, Spain.
The vibrant and highly multicultural historical capital city and seat of government of the Basque Autonomous Community in Alava, northern Spain, came alive for three days, offering creatives, visitors and lighting enthusiasts from all over Spain, Europe and much further afield a chance to redefine the city and see it in some new, exciting and reimagined urban contexts.
UMBRA was organised by ARGIA 3 Asociación Cultural and curated by a new collective comprising Rafael Gallego, the principal of Aureolighting, Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea, founding partner of AGi Architects and stage lighting designer, light artist, and founder of Studio & Light Carlos Torrijos – three individuals, all passionate about lighting.
One of the technical sponsors was EES, Astera’s Spanish distributor who are based in San Sebastian. They made the AX1’s available which were utilised by Carlos Torrijos for his own work at the festival, Buscando la Vida (Searching for Life).
Buscando la Vida was staged in the former water reservoir next to the Palacio Montehermoso, a 16th century stately Renaissance building - one of two special underground spaces that became immersive light works during the event.
The Palacio was linked to the ancient Depósito de Aguas (water tank) by an underground corridor added in 1885. Since 1991 Palacio Montehermoso has se
Spain - The Bass Valley music academy is renowned for its first class music production facilities and has opened a ground floor nightclub called The Garage in Barcelona. The space was designed and built for sound lovers and Pioneer Pro Audio’s XY series was the chosen system.
The Garage at the Bass Valley enjoys a four-point system with XY-3B three-way full range speakers either side of the stage, XY-2 mid-high speakers at the rear of the room and a trio of XY-218HS dual 18-inch horn-loaded subwoofers supplying powerful low-end. Using presets on the mixer, the club’s management can easily switch to a live gig configuration which uses only the boxes at the front.
Local rental and installation company Moduspro Audiovisual Services was enlisted to find the answer. “We knew they wanted the best sound in town,” remembers CEO Jordi Buscà. “We were sure we could achieve that with the Pioneer Pro Audio XY Series because of the speakers’ balance of pressure and intelligibility. You can hear all the instruments perfectly and voices sound so clear.”
The Garage at The Bass Valley is the latest in a line of nightclubs to partner with Pioneer Pro Audio. Since launching in 2013, speakers from three versatile ranges have been installed at venues including London’s Fabric, KM5 and Ushuaia Tower in Ibiza, Café D’Anvers in Antwerp, and Sound Nightclub in Los Angeles.
Norway - Storstova Culture House is a 400-seat venue in Bryne, just south of Stavanger on Norway’s ruggedly beautiful west coast. Having first opened its doors in 1964, Storstova has hosted thousands of cinema shows and has been home to hundreds of performances of all types. When the time came to renew the sound system, owners Time Kommune turned to pro audio specialists, Norstage, who supplied and installed a complete EM Acoustics system based on the compact HALO-C line array system.
“Our old PA had served us well, but it was a large, cumbersome system from the 80s,” explains Storstova’s operations manager and head of sound, Bård Ystanes. “It was still going strong, but it was time to replace it with something smaller and more modern that gave us better sight lines and more precise coverage.”
Ystanes and his team looked at systems from most of the major loudspeaker manufacturers. After extensive testing in-house, they concluded that HALO-C was the perfect fit for Storstova. “It just ticked all the boxes,” says Ystanes. “It was the right size, the right budget, and frankly, when we heard what it was capable of, we were blown away. The crystalline sound quality and smooth, homogenous coverage across every single seat were simply amazing.
“We ran all the usual stuff through it to test it in playback mode, but to test it for live performance we had EM’s technical director Ed Kinsella playing our grand piano (whilst eating Cheez Doodles), miked with a Royer Labs SF-24 stereo ribbon mic. What came out of the HALO-C sold us comple
Belgium - For the recent incarnation of the infamous Nacht van de Schlagers, organisers decided upon a ’90s music theme marrying ’90s pop hits with performances from the biggest pop musicians and bands of the decade.
Having provided production and set design for the Nacht van de Schlagers since its inception, Creative Rental Solutions was tasked once again with creating a memorable visual backdrop for 2018’s ’90s extravaganza. Aiding them in this endeavour was a collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures that included 12 Maverick MK2 Spot, 32 Rogue R2 Wash, 120 ÉPIX Strip Tour, 60 STRIKE P38, 6 MK2 Profiles, 22 Rogue RH1 Hybrids and 56 COLORdash PAR H12IP units.
In order to reinforce this central focal point while adding to the grandeur of the stage setting, Thomas Vandekerkhove, CEO of CRS incorporated the ÉPIX fixtures within the architecture of the complex stage trussing to provide linear highlighting.
“The ÉPIX units ensured that we could provide the necessary highlighting to create a stage of grand visual proportions,” said Vandekerkhove. “Ultimately, the fixture’s vivid colours and pixel mappable technology enabled us to really play with the scale of the stage, which helped us realize our overall concept.”
Vandekerkhove painted the gaps between the architectural structure with wash colouring effects from his Rogue R2 Wash and COLORdash PAR H12IP fixtures, which were flown above the stage. The combination of the Rogue’s RGBW quad-LEDs and COLORdash PAR H12IP’s RGBWAUV capabilities ensured a broad palette of warm
UK - Martin Audio partner, Penguin Media Hire, recently provided production, including a Martin Audio WPC scalable resolution line array, for the main stage at the all-day Mutations Festival. The event took place at the 900-capacity Hansen Hall on the outskirts of Brighton, and was staged by promoters One Inch Badge and Small Pond.
Describing the venue as “a hidden gem of a venue, crying out for a day of live music,” Dylan Thompson, system technician and technical project manager, Penguin Media Hire, reports that the WPC line array was arranged in three ground-stacked elements each side of the stage, with a pair of Martin Audio SX218 subwoofers per side. The system, along with five Martin Audio XD monitors, was powered by four iKON iK42 4-channel amplifiers. An Allen & Heath mixing desk was used at FOH and a comprehensive mic, stand and cables package was also provided.
Bands included Colossal Squid, Saint Agnes, Snapped Ankles, Flamingods and Goat Girl, with White Denim headlining.
Speaking of WPC’s main attributes, Thompson continued, “The system is quick to deploy, lightweight and sounds great. We are well versed in using the DISPLAY and VU-NET software from working with MLA in the past, so our switching to the new iKON amplifiers, which WPC uses, was extremely straightforward.
“Coverage of the room was excellent, and using WPC in three-box resolution meant that production budgets were met. In fact, having the option to scale resolution based on the environment demands and budgets is a big plus. The system performed faultles
USA - Integration specialist MC2Solutions has completed the design and installation of a powerful new Community loudspeaker sound system for the World Overcomers Outreach Ministries Church in Memphis, Tennessee. The church’s impressive main sanctuary can seat a congregation of up to 4,000 and is built in the round.
Carl Woodard II, the owner and designer of MC2Solutions, explained, “The system was required to provide very high quality speech and full-range music, with intelligibility being key. With such a large space, more akin to a theatre than a traditional church, we designed a system based on wide dispersion column line arrays with under-balcony fill, to ensure absolute coverage with no dead spots.”
Woodard continued, “I chose Community based on previous experience and the new IV6 modular vertical array was the ideal solution. I prefer passive loudspeakers for their cost-effective combination of acoustic purity and long-term system reliability. The multiple IV6 configurations available, with splay options and built-in passive acoustic optimization settings, allowed me to design the arrays to provide excellent SPL and frequency response consistency with seamless coverage.”
Flown with IV6 GlidePoint array frames, the system has three arrays, each comprising seven IV6-1122 wide-dispersion 12-inch two-way array elements. Four IV6-118S 18-inch subwoofers extend the low frequency and add impressive bass impact. A combination of Community single and dual 8-inch two-way IC6-1082 and IC6-2082 loudspeakers provide front and under-balcony-fill,
Australia - Australia Day is celebrated and every year on 26 January when the nation celebrates in spectacular style. The flagship event is Australia Day Live held at Sydney Opera House and in 2019 it was bigger and better than ever. Australia’s musical stars, including Kate Cebrano, Jon Stevens and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, took to the stage in a concert, featuring dazzling firework displays and a maritime extravaganza.
Australia Day Live in Sydney is produced by the NSW Government through the Australia Day Council of NSW and is supported by Big Picture. Big Picture is a part of the NEP Worldwide Network.
This year, Big Picture supplied a turnkey technical solution of outside broadcast facilities, LED screens, event communications and network backbone which included a significant amount of Riedel equipment with 68 Riedel Artist Panels across OB trucks, production and event control locations, 25 Riedel MicroNs for uncompressed video and audio signal distribution and 22 managed switches interfaced across the event site at the Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay with over 10km of fiber.
This was the first year that Big Picture supplied the entire broadcast facilities, LED screens, event communication and network backbone as the end to end solution. The full broadcast technical supply and management included two HD Broadcast Trucks – NEP Australia HD-10 and Big Picture HD-1.
“In previous years there were various suppliers to do different elements but this year we supplied the bulk of the technical solutions in those area
UK - The newly installed d&b audiotechnik permanent sound solution in London’s Royal Albert Hall made its public debut with last weekend’s Olivier Awards show (see LSi April).
Driven by a vision to provide its audiences with life enriching, unforgettable experiences, the hall has installed the world’s largest single room audio system with over 450 individual loudspeakers from the d&b audiotechnik range.
The Olivier Awards, celebrating British theatre, served as an appropriate showcase for the system’s coverage and flexibility, significantly enhancing the overall listening experience inside the auditorium.
“Previously, our control over the audio experience was limited and often didn’t meet our high standards,” explains Ollie Jeffery, HoD production and technical at the RAH. “What we wanted was to bring sound in-house with a properly implemented system and make it so good that the majority of productions would feel comfortable using it.
“Naturally, everyone who has ever played here wants to get it right; some audio teams would spend five or six hours on the day taking speakers up and down, up and down, trying to achieve that end, but it was always a compromise. It wasn’t that our service providers were doing anything wrong, but we felt the difficult challenge of delivering world class audio within the extremely demanding geometry of the room, could only be met with a different approach to the goal.
USA - A recent ballet production of C.S.Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at Pine Crest School, Boca Raton, Fl, featured a Clifford Spulock lighting design, anchored by a collection of Chauvet Professional Rogue fixtures.
“Lighting the ballet opened me up to a lot of different opportunities to make choices and looks that would not normally be done in the stage version of this story,” said Spulock. “Happily, the director of the show, Kimberly Vlcek, has a great understanding of production and gave me a lot of freedom. Along with a strong score and great dancing, my lights really brought a lot of energy and emotion to the show. I really wanted to bring out the precision of the dancers when they were wolves or the Ice Witch, etcetera to help portray their characters more.”
Spulock’s rig for the ballet, which was performed by Pine Crest School, featured the Rogue R3 Spot, Rogue R1X Spot, and Rogue R2 Wash. Working in harmony with some Chauvet DJ Intimidators, these moving fixtures not only provided an architecture of light for dancers to move through, they also set evocative moods by creating coloured shafts of light and textured gobo patterns.
“I used different colour palettes to create various mood temperatures that helped to bring the audience to other worlds,” said Spulock. “When characters were in the real world, it was nice and warm, but when they were in Narnia’s icy fortress, I used a lot of blues and whites that created the feeling of a frigid world. I also used beams with alternating blue and white every
Germany - #reflection is an innovative laser performance presented by tarm Showlaser in Bochum, which is based on an array of static and computer-controlled, motorized mirror surfaces and diffraction gratings, multiplying the full-colour RGBYC laser sources and creating a spectacular scenography that “plays with shapes and colours, dance to selected sounds and create sculptures out of laser light, far from traditional laser stereotypes”.
"Laser beam deflections via mirrors and diffraction gratings have been used for over 30 years, but so far only with small static tiles, usually in the format of 15 x 15cm. The use of motorised units and mirror surfaces of various dimensions and formats, however, opens up completely new design options for use at events and presentations of any kind,” says managing director Ralf Lottig.
This performance can be experienced live by appointment in the Bochum Studios of tarm Showlaser GmbH. A video can be seen on the homepage www.tarm.de at https://www.tarm.de/work/reflection-61.html
New Zealand - Literally the world’s first festival of 2019 saw over 30,000 festival goers brave the hot summer sun at Mount Maunganui to enjoy world class music entertainment.
Local and International artists including Peking Duk, Sticky Fingers, London Elektricity, Shapeshifter, Ladi6, Tash Sultana and rapping superstar Cardi B. In only four years, Bay Dreams has fast become one of New Zealand’s leading summer festivals. The event began in 2016 with 5,000 attendees to over 30,000 in 2019 for the North Island event. Due to the popularity, a second South Island location was added to the itinerary in the city of Nelson.
NZ Sound Reinforcement, a full-service production company deployed a JBL Professional audio solution for the second stage with a combined audio output of 500,000 watts RMS that included the JBL VTX A12 and new VTX A8 line array elements.
Bay Dreams signalled the upswing of the summer tour season in New Zealand, with NZ Sound’s inventory set to bring exceptional audio coverage to the music festivals and international artists such as UB40, Toto, Slayer, KORA, Sound Splash and The Hollies who toured New Zealand over the summer months.
Having recently become part of the JBL VTX A-series family in New Zealand, NZ Sound owners Ray and Brenda Ward are exceedingly happy. “We are blown away; Bay Dreams was pretty epic. The JBL VTX A12 and A8 systems have performed even beyond our expectations - they sound amazing. JBL certainly helped the artists to put on some of their best performances and the crowd loved it,” says Brenda W
Australia - The beginning of 2019 saw the opening event of the UCI WorldTour, the Santos Tour Down Under. Held in South Australia, it is the southern hemisphere’s biggest cycling event attracting 750,000 visitors and is globally recognised. In pitching for the contract, Adelaide’s Novatech Creative Event Technology proposed some fairly innovative audio-visual ideas and deploying Brompton Technology’s Tessera SX40 LED processors helped them deliver.
“We wanted to improve the spectator experience on every level,” says Ashley Gabriel, director of sales and marketing at Novatech. “We deployed our ROE CB3 and CB5 LED screens at the start and finish lines, with signal transported over fibre via Riedel’s MediorNet.”
At the Tour Down Under Village in Adelaide’s Victoria Square, Nexstage built a custom 18m wide by 8m high Layher scaffold structure for team presentations and daily events, vinyl wrapped with signage and paired with a 30 square metre ROE Visual CB5 LED screen.
“We used our Brompton SX40 4K and S4 processors. They are quite amazing and we had a lot of comments as to the quality of the screens and the race images,” continues Ashley. “We used our CB5 with airframe and CB3 panels on the event and all performed superbly on the Brompton processors.”
The Tour Down Under is not just a bike race, it is also the southern hemisphere’s biggest festival of cycling and after 1980s corporate pastiche pop stars Client Liaison had rocked the opening night, the live site stayed active for the 10 days of The Tour running intervi
UK - White Light is supplying the lighting equipment for the musical Hairwhich is currently touring the UK.
Having first debuted Off-Broadway in 1967, Hair follows a group of youngsters in New York’s East Village as they begin to question the world, authority and the American flag. Having been revived several times on both Broadway and in the West End, this is the 50th anniversary production and has already received a WhatsOnStage Award.
Lighting designer Ben M Rogers comments: “I previously lit this production for its immersive incarnation at The Vaults, Waterloo so this is an evolution of that design into a proscenium format for a national tour. The key design choices and looks remain but are expanded to fill these larger spaces and the enhanced scenic elements.”
Ben worked closely with director Jonathan O’Boyle to discuss the aesthetic he wanted to create for the show. He explains: “Jonathan first described the show as ‘a trip from start to finish’ and that has stayed with me. Although it continually breaks the fourth wall, the show does alternate between the more naturalistic environment that the tribe inhabit and the abstracted, often drug-infused hyper-reality moments. As such, I looked at how to layer the design to allow these dramatic shifts of tone and focus.”
Ben approached WL to supply him with the fixtures to achieve his design. He comments: “I was very conscious of the era in which the show is set and the lighting instruments of the time. That said, I had to ensure the show remained a dynamic music
UK - Absolute Motion Control is bringing live moving light tracking, using LightStike, to The Bridge Theatre for their latest production. A German Life stars Maggie Smith, who returns to the stage for the first time in 12 years.
Over the course of the evening the set moves continuously and almost imperceptibly, taking one and three-quarter hours to reach its final position. The play is staged in a kitchen set, formed by four trucks which move diagonally off-stage. As they move off-stage, slowly gaps appear in the walls as they move apart. In addition to the four trucks, a large floor pallet moves downstage, carrying with it the star of the show.
Because of the constantly moving set, the lighting and scenery need to be synchronised precisely to ensure that the performer and the set are perfectly lit over the course of the long running cues. As an example, the floor pallet moves at only half a millimetre per second throughout the duration of the evening. The moving lights automatically track the performer and the moving set. All kinds of moving light attributes can be controlled using this system. As an example, when the walls move offstage not only do the lights pan and tilt, to keep them lit, but the shutters also adjust to keep them perfectly framed throughout the move.
This precise synchronisation is achieved using LightStrike, a piece of software running on a Macintosh, that enables scenery tracking for OSC/UDP enabled consoles and sACN controlled rigs. Absolute continually transmit the current position of the scenery, over the open protoc
UK - Ozzy Osbourne, Jimi Hendrix, Guns N’ Roses and Motörhead have sold millions of albums, inspired fans around the world and won bushels of major awards. Now these rockers share something else in common as well – each is featured in a licensed slot from NetEnt, the supplier of digital games to the online casino industry.
At the ICE London show in February, NetEnt announced that former Black Sabbath frontman Osbourne is the latest rock hero to be featured in its NetEnt Rocks series, joining Hendrix, Guns N’ Roses and Motörhead. Setting the tone for the big announcement on the Osbourne slot was an attractively designed stand that featured 60 Chauvet Professional ÉPIX Bar Tour fixtures from BigFish SRL, arranged to resemble guitar strings.
“This was the fourth year running that we were contracted by 2lk Design, the stand’s designers, to do the lighting,” said Steve Hubbard of BigFish. “This year it was decided that the main feature of the stand would be six large light strings encompassing the stand entrance and extending inside at its ceiling. Having worked with ÉPIX in the past, and holding a large stock of these fixtures, we decided that this would be the perfect product to achieve the desired effect.”
Instructions from 2lk Design were that the ÉPIX Bars be fully pixel controlled and able to show low-resolution video content. After considering the option of using external media servers, BigFish instead decided that the ChamSys MagicQ MQ500 would give them the most flexibility for programing on site, making it easier fo