USA - When Justin Preston was called upon to provide lighting for Budweiser Live during NBA All-Star Weekend, it really represented two projects in one. The brewing giant’s pop-up entertainment centre for the big game was the first event ever hosted at City Market Social House, a restored 16,000sq.ft industrial space opened in the Fashion District of downtown Los Angeles.
Preston not only put together the ground package for the weekend extravaganza, he also created the permanent lighting system for the new event facility, loading in both rigs simultaneously in advance of the NBA’s big weekend.
Meshing his own permanent design for the venue with a carefully chosen ground package for the event, Preston created a dazzling display for the NBA All-Star Weekend festivities, using over 400 Chauvet Professional fixtures. “I was super excited when VOX Productions, the AV provider for Budweiser Live, asked us to do the lighting for the event,” he says. “We’ve worked with VOX in the past, and it’s always been a great experience. Being able to light this event and build on our own house rig at City Market Social House made this project even more special.”
Even fans who weren’t focused on slam dunks and three-point plays found plenty to cheer about at Budweiser Live, a gleeful amalgamation of world food, music from stars like T-Pain and A Boogie, celebrity appearances, beer tastings and a host of interactive games. There was even a tailor shop on site, courtesy of Levi Strauss, offering custom-curated apparel. Preston’s mission was to tie al
USA - Rock band Halestorm is gearing up for a huge year, kicking off 2018 with a tour across North America with a lighting package supplied by Bandit Lites.
The Grammy Award-winning band comprised of guitarist and vocalist Lzzy Hale, drummer and percussionist Arejay Hale, guitarist Joe Hottinger and bassist Josh Smith are also wrapping up recording their next studio album and have already announced another tour for this spring.
The expansive design by lighting designer Craig Richter features towers equipped with ClayPaky Sharpys and GLP X4S fixtures, offering versatile looks and striking beams. Bandit Lites also supplied Martin Atomic 3000 LED Strobes, Ayrton MagicBlade-R fixtures, Elation CuePix WW2 Blinders, Chauvet Rogue RH1 Hybrids, ClayPaky B-EYE K20 fixtures and a grandMA 2 lite console for control.
“The system performed really well and under extreme conditions as most of the tour was conducted in Northwestern/Central Canada in subzero temperatures,” says Halestorm tour manager Michael Mahar. “The mercury didn’t rise above 0 the entire tour and we had no issues with the rig doing its job reliably night after night.”
With a band that tours as extensively as Halestorm, Bandit Lites business development officer Brent Barrett shared he treasures collaborations that are built on professionalism, directness and attention to details; all traits he notes Mahar exemplifies, adding “I appreciate any occasion to partner with with Michael.”
“Working with Bandit is always enjoyable and even though we’ve been running the same r
UK - The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) commissioned West Midlands-based Central Presentations Ltd (CPL) to design and deliver all the technical elements for their 2018 annual staff conference and awards, inclduing sound, lighting, video, staging and rigging.
The high-profile event for 400 delegates was staged in Warwick Hall at the NAEC, Stanleigh and comprised a seated conference presentation that was transformed into a glamorous setting for the evening’s dinner and awards.
The client wanted to use the width-ways orientation of the venue for sightlines, so CPL’s project manager Lee Gruszeckyj proposed a widescreen video blend as a striking visual starting point to align with the geometry of the space.
The 30ft wide by 10ft high upstage projection screen was flanked by gauze panels designed to take lighting nicely and elongate the space. These were flown on the same truss as the screen, and the look was neatly finished with a black backdrop right at the back. In front of that was the stage which measured 15m wide by 3m deep. There was a TV style studio set at one end with a sofa and soft seating for discussion sessions.
The screen was fed by two of CPL’s Panasonic 10K laser projectors flown on a front truss utilizing custom frames from sister company Rigtec which specialises in the design and fabrication of innovative rigging solutions.
The screen blending and projector alignment was achieved using Panasonic’s Auto Screen software, and at the hub of the video control was a Barco S3 for switching and screen
UK - Working with lighting designer Stuart Pring, illumination rental and installation specialists LED Creative provided their Sigma Pulse Wand fixtures to add some neon colour to the BRITs Official After Party held at the O2 InterContinental in London.
Pring artfully suspended a number of Pulse Wands to create a layered look to the ceiling at the venue.
Talking about the installation, he comments: “For The Brits Official After Party we used around 170 Pulse Wands built into frames and hung over the stage and dance floor area. This created a ‘big’ look which was particularly effective during the ‘club’ part of the night, helping bring a wonderful dynamic to the room.”
Pring continues: “The Wands offer lots of chase possibilities via their in-built effects. The range of colour possibilities are great too; especially the cold daylight and tungsten colours you can get from them.
Commenting on LED Creative, the LD adds: “Their products are very good and the crews always brilliant. I used the Pulse Wands on The Brits Party as well as the recent MTV EMAs Red Carpet show. I also made use of their standard Wands on The Teen Awards and the UK Comedy Roast series - Simple to use and very capable of delivering some great effects.”
UK - Technical production supplier Blitz has installed a DiGiCo SD7 sound desk at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London, for Cameron Mackintosh/Really Useful Group’s production of The Phantom of the Opera.
The DiGiCo SD7T replaces a Yamaha PM1D, which was retired after 10 years of service. The new system was installed over the course of a weekend, allowing the show performances to carry on uninterrupted.
Mick Potter, sound designer for The Phantom of the Opera, said, “It’s been a great opportunity to upgrade to the latest DiGiCo SD7 sound desk, which has become an important part of my sound designs for many other Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh productions around the world. It has helped make a significant improvement to the quality of the sound at Her Majesty’s, and the fact we were able to achieve such a major changeover without losing any show performances is down to the excellent work of Blitz and the Phantom production team.”
Blitz sound project manager, Adam Rudd, added, “Now in its 32nd year, Blitz is proud to still be supplying, and continually investing in, the audio for The Phantom of the Opera.”
Blitz has supplied the audio for The Phantom of the Opera since it opened in 1989.
South Africa - The new 8,500 capacity Sun Arena in Pretoria features a house moving light rig of 90 dynamic Robe fixtures.
The multi-purpose venue is part of Sun International’s Time Square development and entertainment complex (read the report in LSi March 2018).
The Robe units are integral to a complete turnkey technical package specified and supplied to the venue by Robe’s South African distributor DWR to operators Sun International. This encompasses a rider-friendly lighting system, trussing, rigging, follow spots and power distribution.
The backbone of the lighting rig is 12 x BMFL Spots, six BMFL Blades, 24 x Spiider LED wash beams, 24 x Pointes and 24 x LEDBeam 100s. This was proposed by DWR’s Duncan Riley and Johnny Scholtz and supplied as a fully flight-cased touring-ready system, so it can be de-rigged and stored after each show.
The lighting is being looked after day-to-day and gig-to-gig by Johannesburg-based MGG, one of South Africa’s leading full production and rental specialists, who won a tender to supply full venue technical facilities management. They have a team based on site which co-ordinates the requirements for each incoming show and event.
When Gavin Taylor, group technical and entertainment manager for Sun International initially approached DWR he stipulated that he wanted a lighting system to meet every
Argentina - The Claypaky Scenius Unico made its official debut in Argentina at the Monsters of Rock (MOR) Argentina festival at Tecnópolis, Buenos Aires. The high-impact light-show for the outdoor festival, part of the global Monsters of Rock movement, was designed by lighting designer Bryan Hartley and featured the Scenuis Unico as the show's high impact workhorse fixture.
Headlining MOR Argentina was heavy metal band Megadeth who were joined by acts including Rata Blanca, Anthrax and others at the day-long festival. Hartley was tasked with designing a versatile rig that could produce a wide range of looks for the international visiting bands. He selected the Scenius Unico for its ability to perform in three powerful modes, Spot, Beam and Wash, allowing him to craft a range of lighting looks for each band in the festival's line-up.
Hartley rigged 36 Unicos on three lines of overhead truss to provide a dramatic downlight that characterised his classic rock 'n' roll design. "The Unico perfectly adapts to indoor, theatrical and, in this case, outdoor environments," says Hugo Mossi, business manager of Buenos Aires Live Show (BALS), the Argentinian production specialist who coordinated and facilitated the lighting and sound elements for MOR Argentina's eighth edition.
"The Unico has a very powerful selection of modes and a great CTO," he continues. "The colours it produces are strong and varied. I can say that I have not seen such a strong combination of features in any other fixture in its class on the market."
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South Korea - Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, one of the world’s longest-running musicals, has been touring South Korea since July 2017.
Specialist rental company Eco & Biz has been supplying the show’s audio requirements for the duration of the South Korea run, which centres around an L‑Acoustics Kara/Kiva II system, chosen for its ability to provide consistent quality and even coverage for the wide variety of venues on the tour’s itinerary.
Eco & Biz’s Kim Ki-young has been a sound designer since 1992. He has a long association with Cats in Asia, starting as manager of the sound team for Cats Korea Big Top Tour in 2003. For the current tour, which is produced by Seol & Company of Korea and Really Useful Company (RUC), the Australian arm of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s UK-based Really Useful Group (RUG), Kim was given free rein on the audio design.
Consistency on a global level is of the utmost importance and Kim collaborated with Cats’ UK music director to ensure the system used in South Korea would be right for a production of back-to-back songs.
By using L-Acoustics 3D acoustical simulation programme Soundvision to provide a predictable simulation for each venue, and knowing there is a consistent signature sound throughout the L-Acoustics range, Kim was confident he could change the set-up of the system to adapt to the varying room sizes on the tour. Additionally, by using the Array Morphing tool in LA Network Manager he knew that, within minutes, he could easily achieve a consistent tonal ba
UK - The annual X Factor Live arena tour recently completed a 14-date UK run with Nick Warren (The Prodigy, Bryan Ferry, Elvis Costello) as FOH, who specified an Allen & Heath dLive for the production.
Supplied via Wigwam Audio, the system consisted of a dLive S7000 surface with a DM64 MixRack, handling up to 12 simultaneous live vocal mics and 24 channels of playback.
“Barney Vickers (Wigwam technical manager) introduced me to dLive initially,” explains Warren. “He left me alone with a surface for an hour, by which time I had it pretty much all pieced together. It’s incredibly easy to walk up and use, which sets it apart from the majority of digital systems.
“The sound of the system also really blew me away - it’s a very warm, analogue-y natural sound with amazing stereo imaging. So many shows sound super-processed these days, with people obsessing about and over-using various plug-ins – I used nothing but the dLive’s onboard effects, which sound amazing, for the whole tour.”
With a short pre-production period and a high-speed show, Nick found dLive's fast, flexible user-interface invaluable in delivering a great performance every night.
“The whole system feels like it’s been designed with engineers in mind, that Allen & Heath have listened to users and designed-in features that make workflow as straightforward as possible. That and the sound of the dLive make it a truly great system.”
UK - Tiny Rebel is one of South Wales’ biggest success stories in recent years. A microbrewery founded in 2012, Tiny Rebel is now a fully-fledged brand in its own right, not just for their award-winning beers, but also for their bars and kitchens that serve a wide range of food, and host regular events including live music.
The company currently boasts three sites: the first in Cardiff town centre just across from the Principality Stadium; another in the centre of Newport; and finally, the flagship Brewery Bar in Rogerstone, Newport, which is part of a brand new bespoke brewing facility that has increased capacity five-fold.
The company officially cut the ribbon on the new £2.6m premises in July 2017. Their AV partner throughout the build was Spartan Audio who are supplied by UK distributors, CUK Audio. In addition to the AV installation in the new Brewery Bar, Spartan Audio has just completed a refit of the Cardiff venue with a similar Symetrix/Dante/Powersoft backbone.
Spartan Audio’s Dave Morgan explained that the AV concept from the outset was built around the idea that the system had to be both scalable and future-proof. “The Brewery is the HQ of a brand that is expanding at the speed of light, so any system that we installed needed to be able to keep pace accordingly,” he said. There are four main zones to be covered; the bar, the dining area, a large sun terrace and the brewery production area itself which hosts tours at the weekend. The space is designed to accommodate a wide variety of events from live music and dance events, to
New Zealand - The annual music awards ceremony known as the APRA Silver Scrolls Awards was held in Dunedin. Silver Scrolls recognises and celebrates the success of NZ music creators across all genres of music and honours those that have had a significant impact on New Zealand's life and culture with inductions into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.
The event was presented at the Dunedin Town Hall with Lorde winning the 2017 APRA Silver Scroll Award for her international hit song Green Light.
Specialist event production company RB Productions coordinated the event, while AV production company Strawberry Sound Hire supplied audio for the evening.
David Craig, sound engineer for Strawberry handled all audio management for the event. “It is a corporate awards gig, yet still a rock ‘n roll show as you are handling a number of live bands and artists over the evening,” he says. “So the PA system that you need should smoothly handle speech as well as the music dynamics of a band. One also needed to take the tricky acoustics of the venue into consideration.”
Due to the acoustic requirement of ensuring accurate and even coverage and the nature of the gig, a JBL VTX line array system was supplied. The audio system featured a total of 12x JBL VTX V20 line array elements – six per side for the main PA. Three JBL VTX G28 subwoofers were deployed per side in a cardioid configuration. Three VT 4886 subcompact line array elements per side were ground stacked and used as stage fills, while another two single VT 4886’s were used as a mono
Belgium - Clouseau, one of the most critically acclaimed Belgian rock bands, delighted throngs of long-time fans recently with a string of concerts across Belgium, marking their 30th anniversary. Providing 30 tour with a fittingly memorable lighting and stage design was the band’s long-time creative collaborator, Luc Peumans of Painting with Light.
Central to Peumans’ visual concept, which was based around creating a lounge-style environment, were 12 Maverick MK2 Spot and 18 Rogue R2 Wash fixtures from Chauvet Professional, supplied by Coruna Sound & Light.
Much of Clouseau’s show was made up of acoustic renditions of hits the band has recorded over its illustrious history. Peumans reflected this intimate sound by carpeting the stage and adorning it with warm, welcoming scenic elements like Edison-style Lucenti bulbs and an upright piano. “It’s all about creating a connection with the audience,” commented Peumans. “This has always underlined Clouseau’s shows. We wanted to let the music speak for itself.”
Key to facilitating this audience connection were the saturated effects of the Chauvet Rogue R2 Wash fixtures, which were positioned on six custom elevating towers upstage.
Drawing on the colour rendering capabilities of the RGBW moving washes, Peumans was able to create a visually engaging blanket of hues, the effect of which was heightened by the black cyclorama at the back of the stage. Adding to the immersive effect of the lights was their 12° to 49° zoom feature, which enabled Peumans to create a sense of
USA - When Thievery Corporation, played a month-long tour last autumn, lighting designer Luke Stratton turned to Elation Professional’s Platinum FLX hybrid moving head to visually complement the band’s innovative music with a variety of dazzling textures and graphics.
Stratton, owner of Luke Stratton Designs, who designed lighting for rock band Dopapod for seven years, punts all his shows, a hands-on approach that allows him to better customize looks for a creative band like Thievery Corporation. Calling himself an ‘old Elation user’ and ‘a big fan of hybrid lights’ and the versatile design options they provide, Stratton has been using Elation gear for years, including the Platinum FLX on festivals.
On Thievery’s fall tour, Stratton alternated the Platinum FLX hybrids with 1000W short-arc discharge fixtures across up- and mid-stage trusses with more fixtures lined on the floor behind three upstage risers. With its 20,000 lumens of power, the FLX not only had no problem keeping up with the 1000W fixtures, the LD had to tone them down a bit. “The FLX were so bright in beam mode I had to dial it back a bit by adding in gobos so they were more on par with the 1000W fixtures,” the LD comments.
Other fixtures in the rig included compact LED moving head wash lights as well as Elation Cuepix Blinder WW2 white light LED blinders, which the LD had placed between the airborne FLX and 1000W fixtures as a crowd-hyping audience blinder. “I could hardly tell they weren’t a traditional blinder,” he said of the bright, high-density output
UK - Midas’ generators beat the Beast from the East to power London Marathon Events’ Vitality Big Festival in Greenwich Park on 4 March (Sunday), across the finish line from the inaugural Big Half, which Mo Farah won in 61’ 40’’.
11,000 amateur runners, many from host boroughs Tower Hamlets, Southwark, Lewisham and Greenwich, followed the elite athletes’ race along the 13.1-mile route from Tower Bridge, the majority joining friends, family and supporters at the festival afterwards.
Event management specialist Relevent commissioned six Midas sets for the contract, providing for stage production, the sponsors’ area, including a New Balance shop and a fitness centre, a run of street stalls and the production village.
James Hodgson, director at Relevent, comments: “We have worked with Midas for a good many years. It’s an independent company that I’m absolutely confident about. The machines are very good, and reliable, and the Midas team is friendly and ready to dig in and help as required.”
The Big Festival build had to deal with about three inches of snow, sweeping the site to find the Royal Parks’ pre-requisite trackway for plant and vehicles.
Hugh Brasher, the event director, who completed the run himself, said: “When we launched the Vitality Big Half, we set ourselves a target of making it the first mass participation event that truly reflects London’s unique diversity while also bringing together the best athletes in the world. We said we wanted an event that was truly global and uniquely local and we ach
UK - Production company UK Events Group used ADJ’s new AV4IP LED video panels to create a New York-inspired festive display for independent designer clothing store Union 22.
The display transformed the store’s façade and allowed a video show to be played throughout the day.
Union 22 director John Cooper comments: "I lived in New York for four years, so I saw what places like Macy’s and Saks do; the Christmas spirit is there in abundance! Since coming back to Liverpool, I’ve always wanted to do a large-scale project that was a showstopper and I knew UK Events Group were the ones to do it.”
James and the UK Events Group team installed a total of 184 ADJ AV4IP LED video panels behind all of the windows on the building’s four upper floors. This provided a large canvas for which a custom video show was created that ‘opened up’ the windows to provide a glimpse inside Santa’s workshop. The two-minute show, which also featured an audio soundtrack and the use of synthetic snow machines to add an extra touch of magic, ran every half hour from 9am to 9pm throughout the holiday season.
“We are big advocates of ADJ products,” says James, “and have had huge success with the AV6, so natural progression for us was to invest in the AV4IP. Kris [Dawber, ADJ UK and Ireland sales manager] always turns our orders round quickly and we were excited to be the first in the UK with this product. It came straight out of the box and onto a Christmas light switch-on event.
UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) has supplied an Allen & Heath dLive digital mixing system to the Victoria Theatre, Halifax, for use on its diverse programme of live shows and events.
Built in 1901, the 1,512-seater venue required an upgrade of its existing analogue PA system and mixing console to a new system that could harness the very latest advances in digital sound reproduction and manipulation.
Steve Eaton, senior sales executive in AC-ET's dedicated audio division carried out a site evaluation to assess the system technical needs. Based on the console input, output and audio network distribution requirements, as well as the processing power and flexibility that were required for the differing types of live shows, Steve knew that the fully featured Allen & Heath dLive S Class S5000 console and DM48 MixRack system would be an appropriate solution covering all bases for them.
The AC-ET audio supply also included Nexo Geo M6 main house PA and D.A.D (Dynamic Audio Device) Touring / Fusion series monitor speaker systems, which are controlled by the dLive system.
Victoria Theatre's technical manager Oliver Brown comments: "The dLive console is definitely proving to be the right choice for our needs. Combined with our new speaker system, the audio quality is first class and the user interface is very intuitive. It's also very fast and easy to operate, and offers an exceptional level of flexibility to tailor the setup for different events. The console is a great investment and we are really pleased with it."
UK - Experienced lighting designer Davy Sherwin has been turning increasingly to GLP’s X4 Bar 20 battens to provide stage dynamics for popular British bands including Foals, Wolf Alice and Sundara Karma.
The KOI award winner admits to having used them on his last four stage designs after he was introduced to them when planning his production design for Foals back in the summer, when seeking a row of LED pars for a low-level curtain effect. "I have been using them all quite differently with each band," he says. "What I have been trying to do is replace conventional moving lights instead of having rows and rows of wash lights and strobes."
As for the recent Sundara Karma tour, to bring the best out of the Reading-based indie band, with the exception of a few strobes, he ran the entire show with the X4 Bars, all sourced from rental company LCR in Blackburn, who hold a large inventory. The Belfast based LD said he was able to achieve a number of different looks - all from just a single light.
"All I used were floor lights and 12 x X4 Bar 20s on the back truss - 12 on the downstage edge and then three per side along the wings, from down- to upstage," he says.
Off the back truss, the curtain of light generated from the Bars, providing blocks of RGB colour, was a real eye-catcher. "I used the zoom with loads of colour effects and dimmer chases running through them. I had them in the extended mode, compressed 20-channel mode and single cell operation, and they replaced conventional wash
UK - Liverpool-based installation and production specialist Adlib is supplying video and audio for an exhibition featuring China’s Terracotta Warriors being staged at the city’s World Museum. China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition is now open and running until 28 October 2018.
Featuring 10 life-sized figures, the exhibition includes a terracotta cavalry horse from the burial site of China’s First Emperor Qin Shi Huang (221-206 BC) and over 25 smaller warriors from the Han Empire, China’s second imperial dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD). The exhibition opened in February and has already received worldwide acclaim and is exceptionally popular, attracting people from all over the UK and Europe, with visiting hours having been extended to accommodate the demand for tickets!
Adlib’s head of video, Tom Edwards, is project managing and oversaw the tender process for which they partnered with immersive technology experts and digital studio Draw & Code as content creators and presented to National Museums Liverpool (NML).
The brief was to make it immersive, experiential and fun and aim to engage a wider audience including those who might not necessarily consider visiting exhibitions.
“There wasn’t a specific existing technical brief in place,” explains Tom. “So we listened carefully to what they envisioned, and came up with some lively and flexible solutions for how to achieve the atmosphere, sonically and visually in the five separate areas, all distinctly different.”
Images are created with two Pa
Singapore - February ended on a high note for Chauvet in Asia. The company’s first open house in Singapore drew an enthusiastic crowd of close to 50 lighting professionals, who came for a first-hand look at the latest Chauvet Professional, Chauvet DJ and ChamSys products. This followed an open house with the company’s distributor ASIIS that drew over 100 lighting industry professionals to the large Neo Soho, Keluarga Allah Church in Jakarta, which recently had a full Chauvet product install.
Visitors to the Singapore event enjoyed hands-on demonstrations of the company’s Maverick and Ovation series fixtures as well as the ChamSys line of consoles, including the Magic MQ500 Stadium. Those who attended the Soho, Keluarga Allah open house got a first-hand look at how the 30,000-member church is using its extensive collection of Ovation, Rogue and COLORdash fixtures from as well as COLORband fixtures from Chauvet DJ.
At both sessions, visitors exchanged ideas and insights with Chauvet’s management team, including international sales director Stéphane Gressier, well-known industry veteran Hanslee Lim, who recently joined the company, and Aziz Adilkhodjaev of ChamSys.
Gressier says: “We were extremely pleased with the turnout and the level of enthusiasm at the two open house events. Our products were very well received, and all of us enjoyed the lively and informed conversations. All of us left the event more confident than ever in the future of Chauvet in Asia.”
France - The Colisée de Roubaix (Roubaix Coliseum) in France has undergone various interior transformations throughout its near-century of operations. The most recent of those included the installation of an S-Series loudspeaker system from Adamson to enhance the myriad of productions presented in the historic 1,700-seat main theatre.
The venue boasts 7,000 subscribers and welcomes an average of 100,000 spectators per season. Built in 1927, it is well known for its rich cultural history and stunning architecture. That, in addition to the many types of productions hosted on its main stage, from modern and classical music to opera, drama, and dance, resulted in a long list of stipulations for the ideal audio solution.
“We needed a system that would provide excellent sound reinforcement for a number of different productions, and that met several other technical criteria,” comments Franck Minet, head of sound at the Colisée de Roubaix. “We chose Adamson’s S-Series system as it delivers world-class sound in a compact, rider-friendly cabinet that meets our needs and the needs of any visiting engineer.”
The hall employs a scalable design that can transform from a left-right array configuration with six Adamson S10 two-way, full range cabinets to left-centre-right arrays of four S10s each. Four ground-stacked S119 subwoofers per side handle low end for the main level. Additional arrays of four S10s cover the balcony along with two flown S119s in a cardioid configuration under the catwalk.
Under the balcony are three clusters of four Adams
The Netherlands - December 2017 saw Dutch singer Waylon appearing in association with Radio Veronica and its Top 1000 show to play three sold-out nights at the Ahoy Rotterdam arena. The Radio Veronica brand goes back to the 1960s – when it broadcast from offshore – and its Top 1000 is a hotly anticipated announcement, yearly listing ‘the 1000 best songs ever’.
The Rotterdam shows featured Waylon, plus special guests, delivering tracks from the Top 1000 list. Dutch creative outfit Tenfeet was charged with providing pre-programme studio facilities for lights and video, as well as operating media servers during the live gigs.
Given carte blanche by the event organisers to configure a video control system to exactly match its wishes, Tenfeet opted to use the Hippotizer Montane+ media server.
“Only two weeks before, we heard about Green Hippo’s newest media server,” explained Ton Swaak of Tenfeet, “which was the Montane+, optimised for Notch software. We were familiar with the software and Green Hippo has always been a key part of our rental stock. Even though we had never seen Montane+ ‘live’, we knew that we could rely on the quality of this product, so we placed an order with Ampco Flashlight Sales for Green Hippo’s first batch of Montane+ models.”
Having taken delivery of the world’s first Montane+ units, Tenfeet put the finishing touches to the Top 1000 show, which featured 20 per cent pre-rendered content, with the remaining 80 per cent a live feed. With the big LED screen stretching the width of the stage, Tenfeet
UK - First performed in 1960, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man recently made its debut in London’s West End. Opening at the Playhouse Theatre, the show tells the story of two presidential candidates who are both vying for an endorsement from the current president; with the play exploring the lengths they’ll go to achieve this. This latest production is produced by Bill Kenwright and the lighting equipment was supplied by White Light.
The Best Man enters the West End directly from a UK tour, on which WL also supplied the lighting. It stars a range of well-known names, including Martin Shaw, Maureen Lipman and Honeysuckle Weeks and features a lighting design by Chris Davey.
Chris comments: “The entire play is set in a hotel suite in Philadelphia, which houses both of the candidates. In terms of the set, there is a huge gauze wall with a bedroom upstage that disappears at certain points throughout the show. That said, the most important part of the set, in terms of lighting, was the huge window positioned stage right. One of my biggest tasks was to make the window believable that it was lighting the room at various points throughout the day.”
To achieve this, Chris drew on a range of 5kW Fresnels. He explains: “The Fresnels made the windows bright enough yet ensured that all of the cast received the correct amount of lighting coverage. The evening scenes contain a heavy top light to suggest a chandelier and par cans skim across the net curtain to imply the street lights outside; with the suite being based on the third floor.”
USA - Systems integrator STC Audio Video recently deployed a complete Harman Professional Solutions audio system at the Beulah Missionary Baptist Church in the Atlanta suburb of Decatur, Georgia.
Established in 1896, Beulah Baptist has relocated several times before moving into its current facility in 1999. Featuring a sizeable domed-ceiling structure and seating for 3,000 congregants, the church recently hired STC to replace its 15-year-old audio system with a new audio solution that could deliver excellent sound quality during sermons, choir performances and full band worship performances. After careful consideration, STC selected a complete JBL VTX Series audio solution for its power, clarity and transparent reproduction.
"Harman has a reputation for making speakers that provide excellent performance," said George Seldon, president and CIO of STC Audio Video. "I chose the VTX V20 because it can truly go from 20 Hz to 20k cleanly, and it has a lot of dynamic range. The clarity is just phenomenal."
The system at Beulah Baptist is comprised of two main hangs of six VTX V20 loudspeakers and three VTX S25 subwoofers per side, supplemented by two aux hangs made up of three V20 loudspeakers and one S25 subwoofer aimed 90 degrees to the side. The entire system is powered by Crown XTi 2002 and iTech 4x3500 amplifiers, and BSS audio processors provide processing.
USA - Hip-hop artist Juvenile recently brought his street heat to eastern Georgia, shaking up the house at the Country Club live music venue with blistering renditions of songs like Back That Thang Up and his 2003 No. 1 Billboard hit Slow Motion.
Helping set a feverishly intense mood at the club for his no-holds-barred performance was a bright fast-moving John Berret lightshow that featured Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied by Quest Sound & Productions.
Anchored by Rogue R1 Beam and Rogue R2 Spot fixtures, Berret’s show, which he controlled with a ChamSys PC Wing and Chauvet Net-X Art-Net node, filled the spacious dancehall venue with bursts of light to accent key moments in Juvenile’s performance.
“No doubt, this lightshow was built on brightness and intensity, because this is what the music called for,” said Berret. “Something I always liked about the Rogues is their output, and I used this feature to the max on this show. We did a lot of audience lighting to involve the crowd and to forge the connection between the artist and the audience. The output of the Rogues allowed us to light the audience from the side, so we could engage them without blinding them.”
Berret had four Rogue R1 Beam effects ground stacked upstage and one Rogue R2 Spot unit on either side of the stage. He also deployed eight Chauvet Professional Q-Spot 460-LED units over the dancefloor. Half of those units were flown from circular truss in the centre of the dancefloor, while the other four moving LED fixtures were positioned in each co