UK - In keeping with Galileo’s lifetime preoccupation with circles, ellipses and their spatial movement, the Young Vic’s recent interpretation of Bertolt Brecht’s Life of Galileo was also staged in-the-round.
Central to the sound design by Tom Gibbons and associate sound designer Dan Balfour was a TiMax SoundHub processor, which provided a powerful platform for rendering immersive three-dimensional spatialisation of multi-layered sound effects and high-energy music beds, the latter specially-commissioned from one half of The Chemical Brothers, Tom Rowlands.
Balfour states, “TiMax is easy to get to grips with.” To illustrate the simplicity, he continues, “In tech we were able to add movement complementary to the action, responding to the important theme of circular movement. It liberated the sound design from simply playback and speakers.”
The action takes place as if within a planetarium. To support the powerful soundtrack, additional loudspeakers around the stage area bolster the Young Vic’s in-house sound system.
Above the central area, where actors play their parts amongst lounging members of the audience, a dome projected with lighting and video-mapping effects depicts areas of the solar system. A circular staged area surrounds the centre and further scaffolded staged areas, opposed across the central space, are brought into the action sporadically.
The dome is edged with twelve d&b Y7Ps whilst a further four are positioned around its centre. Eight Q7s are positioned around the rear of the stage area in a
The Netherlands - Superstar DJ Armin van Buuren played two solo shows at the Amsterdam ArenA and Dutch lighting creative Art of Light relied on a Hippotizer Karst Media Server to control a series of LED setups during the show.
Closing his latest Armin Only performance concept at the Amsterdam ArenA, with the biggest show that he has ever done, Armin van Buuren became the first DJ to stage a solo show at the famous venue – also home to AFC Ajax. The Armin Only show debuted in 2005 and the latest edition is bigger than ever, letting the Dutch DJ play longer sets while also exploring his artistic side.
So, while Armin Only enables the DJ to deliver a mammoth set, fans get more than just the Dutchman standing behind his decks. Armin was joined by an arsenal of musicians and singers that helped him bring his music to the ‘next level’, creating an immersive atmosphere of music and AV.
The Art of Light, the Netherlands-based creative, took care of lighting design, operating and controlling the two sold-out ArenA gigs. Responsible for the production of the event was ALDA Events, a global operating Dutch producer, concept developer and promoter of international DJ and event concepts. Creating a spectacular to wow 35,000 people, company founder André Beekmans and his team harnessed an epic gathering of lighting. The gear on show included 900 Robe moving lights, 450 luminaires, and 2.5 miles of DiGidot LED strip. The Dutch creative also used LEDWash 800s as stage down-lighters, with 48 Robe Pointes in centre stage.
Hungary - A spectacular opening ceremony in downtown Budapest marked the start of the 17th FINA World Aquatic Championships, with 14 days of world class aquatic sports following the elegant, eye-catching event directed by Olivier Feracci from French event production specialist ECA2 and Hungarian film director Csaba Kael, CEO of cultural hub Mupa Budapest.
WIcreations was contacted by Guillaume Duflot from EC2A, responsible for delivering full technical production for the event, and asked to provide rigging and structures involving a number of bespoke black-steel elements, together with their extensive expertise and knowledge of working in large scale outdoor environments. The WI project was led by Koen Peeters, and on-site crew chiefed by Stano Kusik.
The stunning panoramic setting for the FINA OC show included a massive custom-built floating stage, moored on the Danube, with Budapest’s landmark Chain Bridge on stage left. A second floating setup containing the curved tower structures and pyro was built at a nearby shipyard and finally tugged into place in two sections.
The whole scene was overlooked by the magnificent Baroque Buda Castle perched on the top of the hill opposite. The long, grandiose building was lit, video mapped and played an important part in the show which also featured some jaw-dropping water fountain artistry … accentuating the overall water theme. A cast of several hundred were onstage performing through the two hour show.
Getting lighting, sound, water and gas jets and other AV and technical elements – including m
USA - At iWeiss, ProPower means continuity in more ways than one. Their oldest ProPower Rack Power Distribution (RPD) rack has been in continuous service for 17 years, in the most challenging and hostile theatrical conditions. With over 1,500 ProPower racks in service across North America, the story of this reliable workhorse product is worth telling.
“After 17 years of continuous use in the construction and renovation of venues, amidst all the associated debris, dust and dirt, our oldest ProPower rack still functions flawlessly,” says Richard Parks, VP of rigging and installation at iWeiss. “I can’t praise this product enough. It always saves us time and money with a single tie that the crew can work without an electrician, and it always passes the OSHA and AHJ inspections.”
Parks adds, “This rack has supported dozens of crews, rigging, welding and hoisting, year after year. It’s been used to power everything from power tools to sophisticated motion control and stage machinery. We’ve gotten more than our money’s worth from our ‘Old Faithful’ ProPower distros.”
For 40 years, New Jersey’s iWeiss has provided quality drapery and rigging solutions to the entertainment industry. Offering a variety of products and services, including project management; draping; installation; steel fabrication; backdrops; rigging; automation; and more, iWeiss takes great pride in superior performance and personalized service.
Custom-configurable ProPower power distribution systems offer a comprehensive range of distro panels incorporatin
USA - Following last fall’s sold-out headline tour, Sabrina Carpenter’s ongoing The De-Tour is taking the American singer, songwriter, and actress to over 30 venues across the USA and Canada this summer. The tour utilizes venue-provided “racks and stacks” but carries a 32ft video wall and an audio package that includes an Allen & Heath dLive S5000 Surface and DM64 MixRack for FOH.
FOH engineer Jason Brandt created his dLive show file prior to rehearsals and made use of dLive’s Virtual Sound Check (VSC) feature and a recording made with Waves Tracks Live. Brandt says, “I continue to track every show because the tour has taken us to a variety of venues which are all very different sounding environments, and the VSC really helps with setups.”
He notes that The De-Tour includes two opening acts who use the dLive for both FOH and monitors. Brandt set up separate show files for each opening act to allow them full flexibility with their mixing needs while maintaining his dLive setup for Sabrina.
Brandt says, “Sabrina is very talented and her music is diverse. She really flips through the genres.” To help bring Sabrina’s music to her live audiences, Brandt uses a combination of Waves and other external effects along with the dLive’s internal harmonizer, hall reverbs and delays. “She uses a lot of lush reverb with long tails in her big songs,” he notes.
Brandt uses a dLive scene to set up these effects and balance the mix for each of Sabrina’s songs. He manages the tour’s 48 inputs, six recorded tracks, multiple
Europe - Danish musician and producer Anders Trentemøller will be taking a selection of DPA microphones on tour this summer when he delivers a live set at 20 European festivals.
Based in Copenhagen, Trentemøller is internationally acclaimed for his heart-wrenching melodies, exceptional production and a trademark sound somewhere between indie and electronic. His recent work is driven by a passion for experimentation and succeeds in transcending influences and genres to deliver a much more organic version of his signature sound.
To help translate this sound to the live stage, Trentemøller’s sound engineer and FOH mixer Sune Snellman Jakobsen has specified a wide range of DPA microphones for this summer’s festival tour. These include 10 d:dicate 2011C Twin Diaphragm Cardioid Compact Microphones, four d:vote 4099D Instrument Microphones, one d:vote 4099CM Instrument Microphone with Clamp Mount, two d:facto 4018VL Linear Vocal Microphones and two d:dicate 4017C Compact Shotgun Microphones.
“We are using d:dicate 2011C mics on the kick drum, snare drum, hi-hats, drumkit overhead and on the bass amp,” says Jakobsen. “The d:vote Instrument Microphones are being used under the snare drum, on toms and for some percussion.”
Jakobsen began using DPA microphones on acoustic instruments some years ago, but only recently tried them on drums when he was touring with the Danish band, Mew.
“I was impressed by the way these microphones, particularly the tiny d:vote capsules, handled loud sound sources,” says Jakobsen. “The mics we are
Hungary - The 17th FINA World Aquatic Championships took place in Budapest with 14 days of aquatic sports following a vibrant, colourful, elegant and epic opening ceremony directed by Olivier Feracci from French event production specialist ECA2 and Hungarian film director Csaba Kael, CEO of cultural hub Mupa Budapest.
Lighting designer Frédéric “Aldo” Fayard from Concept K in Paris specified over 400 moving lights for the event, 80 per cent of which were Robes.
He was brought on-board by French event production company ECA2 who co-ordinated all the technical production. The event included a host of other visual elements like large format projections, mapped buildings, water fountains and fireworks.
A cast of several hundred performed during the two-hour show, broadcast live on national TV, on the M4 Sport channel (Directed by Andras Kakatos) and streamed on CNN Create, from a special stage floating on the river Danube in the heart of downtown Budapest. The stunning location was beside the city’s iconic chain bridge and overlooked by the massive Baroque palace of Buda Castle.
It was a challenging brief for Aldo to light in every aspect. The stage was 40m wide and occupied around 1200sq.m of space and as well as filling that and covering the large cast, he also needed to be able to shoot light down the Chain Bridge on stage left / house right, which was over 150m long and throw a wash onto the left bank of the river 300m away, which included some substantial audience viewing areas.
That was not all, there were enormous dancing fo
UK - Romsey Abbey is a magnificent 12th century church – the largest parish church in Hampshire and home to a vibrant congregation. It has also been used as a performance venue by Music in Romsey (MIR) since the early 1970s. MIR hosts an extensive series of concerts there throughout the year. Musicians involved range from local choirs and bands to international soloists and orchestras. However, the group has always struggled to 'raise' their performers due to a lack of any special staging.
Bob Smith, stage manager for Music in Romsey said: "In the past we've had to use whatever we had to hand – literally – old beer crates with sheets of hardboard laid over the top come to mind. We then had some wooden platforms made which could be stacked and placed on trolleys and these were used at every concert when staging was needed until about four years ago. They were 1.3m square and 24, 12 and six inches high – and very heavy. So, we began to look for something new and lighter. I was given a budget and met representatives of a number of staging suppliers but it was Doughty Engineering who ticked all our boxes."
Bob worked closely with Laurence Dyer at Doughty to agree on the quantities and sizes of Stagedeck. Bob explained: "Each stage is different and the Abbey, being some 900 years old, is not metric so we had to ask for a number of 'bespoke' items, some of which, I understand have now made their way into the Doughty catalogue."
Bob and Laurence worked together to design various pieces of kit around the Abbey. Most of what has been supplied, howeve
USA - After announcing the Joanne World Tour six months ago, Lady Gaga stayed mum on the details of this major production. As the Rogers Arena doors opened on 1 August, 2017, the hashtag #JOANNEWorldTour interrupted social media threads and trended worldwide as followers raved about Mother Monster’s extravagant set and stage design.
The stunning aesthetics of the Joanne World Tour gave many attendees goosebumps as the set and stage, built by TAIT, took over the entire arena. The full layout consisted of a very dynamic and kinetic main stage, three flying bridge platforms which double as projection displays, two satellite stages and an LED integrated b-stage.
Lady Gaga opened the Joanne World Tour with a show-stopping performance of Diamond Heart on what looked like a typical TAIT stage platform until the stage went ‘Gaga’ and moved into different configurations. The jaw-dropping 85ft wide main stage is fashioned with three automated lifts used for scenic props and staging equipment, in addition to, five performer wave lifts surrounded with LED video panels. The lifts transform the stage into several intricate looks throughout the show.
For a number of her dance routines, Lady Gaga and her gang of dancers strut on LED performer wave lifts which USA Today refers to as ‘Tetris Stages’ due to their endless transformations. Three of the five performer wave lifts are 17ft wide and sit side by side upstage. Parallel to the upstage performer wave lifts are two 50 ft. wide performer wave lifts. When moving in unison, all of the wave l
USA - Kent State University chose three, side-by-side James Thomas Engineering PRT roof structures for their recent commencement ceremony.
PRT systems are James Thomas Engineering Pre-Rig Super Truss roof systems with 38.1mm (15 inch) towers. They measure 12.2 x 12.2m (40 x 40ft), with the centre roof having an additional mid-stage span. The structures are tied together with Pre-Rig SuperTruss, which forms the sound bays.
All structures were provided by KO Management.
USA - Following the completion of his From Here To Now To You tour in 2013-2014, Jack Johnson has only played a handful of shows over the past three years. However, with his new album, All The Light Above It Too, slated to drop in early September, the former professional surfer-turned-singer/songwriter, actor and activist recently returned to the road with his band - and Rat Sound’s L-Acoustics K1/K2 system - to preview his upcoming material.
Johnson has enjoyed a long history with the Camarillo-based sound company, which has reinforced all of his tours since 2000. Although the 2013-2014 trek carried a Kara-based loudspeaker system that was ideal for the more intimate theatres and performing arts venues on that run, this latest tour stopped at much larger spaces -including California’s 17,500-seat Hollywood Bowl and Washington’s 22,000-seat Gorge Amphitheater on its collective four-week journey - all of which were completely sold out, making K1/K2 the obvious choice.
“This system has been the perfect size for the tour,” says Rat Sound system tech and crew chief Bjarne Hemmingsen, who was tasked with designing the loudspeaker model in L-Acoustics’ Soundvision software each morning. “The show sits at around 94dbA with some very soft delicate parts, and K1/K2 is great at providing even coverage throughout each venue while still keeping a full sound at the very back.”
The tour’s standard loudspeaker array configuration consisted of a dozen K1 plus four Kara downs flown per side, flanked by far left and right hangs of up t
USA - Australian Pink Floyd has appeared before over four million fans in 35 countries. The band captivates fans by recreating Pink Floyd’s stage shows. This immersive multi-sensory experience is very much on display in Australian Pink Floyd’s current USA tour, thanks in no small part to a nine-universe lightshow that Tom Mumby designed and controls with the ChamSys MagicQ MQ500 Stadium console.
Mumby, owner of Vivid Lighting Design, is using over 150 fixtures in the show. A 5m ircle that holds 26 moving washes and frames a video wall serves as the centrepiece of his design. His main rig is also made up of six vertical ladders, hung at staggered heights from a 50’ truss. Complementing the lights on the ladder trussing is a collection of 26 washes, strobes and blinders that runs along the downstage edge. An additional eight washes are used as sidelights.
Rounding out the design is a 40’ front truss with spot fixtures that are used for key lighting and washes that are used to light signature Pink Floyd inflatables.
“The show aims to be a true likeness to Pink Floyd, not just in terms of the music, but also in production value,” said Mumby. “A lot of time and thought is put into how best to portray the show in a unique way, while trying to stay true to what it was in days gone by.”
Mumby credits his ChamSys MagicQ MQ500 Stadium with helping him realise this creative goal. Aside from saving him time when setting up his show and making changes to it, the new console has opened more creative options for him, thanks to its flexibilit
USA - When Tim Farquhar took his first look at the site of the Beanstalk Music and Arts Festival, he described it as “a lighting designer’s dream”. Not only was the setting breathtakingly beautiful with its panoramic view of the Rocky Mountains and the Upper Colorado River, but at 6,600’ above sea level and miles from the nearest city there was virtually no ambient light, save the stars in the summer sky, to distract from a lightshow.
Farquhar, owner of Farquhar Productions in Boulder, CO, recently made the most of this dream opportunity for himself and visiting band LDs by creating a powerful and flexible lighting rig for the four-day Beanstalk event. His flexible rig was anchored by a collection of Chauvet Professional Rogue R1 Spots and Chauvet DJ Intimidator fixtures supplied by Field View Productions.
“Every LD wants work in a beautiful setting, and you can’t get much more beautiful than this,” said Farquhar. “There was very little ‘light pollution’ at night, so our lights really stood out. Thanks to the output of the Rogue Spots, it was easy to light not only the stage, but the area around it as well.”
The lighting designer for Magic Beans, the popular jam band that started Beanstalk five years ago, Farquhar was a natural choice to work the festival, which featured a diverse range of artists this year headlined by its founders plus Disco Biscuits and Fruition.
Farquhar’s free flowing holistic approach to lighting design fits his client’s music as well as the spirit of their namesake festival. “I really try to
USA - The theme at the bar and cocktail lounge Campbell Apartment, located in Grand Central Terminal in New York City, centralized on the history of its landmark status. The space was once the office of American financier John W. Campbell, a member of the New York Central Railroad's board of directors.
Later used for office space, as a studio by CBS Radio and as a jail by Metro-North Railroad, the space was restored to its original opulence following renovations totalling nearly $2m in 1999 and 2007. The walls and ceiling were brought back to their former glory, a new bar was constructed using the same quatrefoil mahogany as the balcony and the original steel safe, once hidden behind a wall, now sits in the massive fireplace as a reminder of Campbell's wealth.
Temporarily closing its door for a year for leasing issues, Campbell Apartment reopened in June 2017 under the new ownership of hospitality vanguard, Gerber Group. One of the first orders from the company’s principal and CEO, Scott Gerber. To update the bar’s acoustics for a better distributed audio and one that it matches the prestige of the structure.
Global Audio Systems was tasked with this responsibility given that its owner, Jason Ojeda had previously worked with the Gerber Group at several of their properties and entrusted him with such an important project. Ojeda had first-hand experience using K-array in several projects prior and according to him, “it was simply the right fit for this job at Grand Central and would sound amazing.”
With help from distributors K-array Ame
UK - The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) staged the London premiere of Scuttlers in its city centre GBS Theatre, an intense drama about the struggles and power politics of 19th century Manchester street gangs set against a steaming, grinding industrial revolution backdrop bringing massive social change and great uncertainty. The work was written by Rona Munro in response to the UK’s unsettling spate of urban riots in 2011.
Directed by Hannah Eidinow, the production was lit by Declan Randall, a South African theatre lighting specialist living in the UK, who made use of a number of different Robe fixtures available at RADA.
Declan was asked to light this production by Matthew Leventhall, RADA’s head of production lighting, working alongside a team of RADA students.
The stark, raw industrial set – designed by Postgraduate Theatre Design (Set & Costume) student Christianna Mason – “was a real gem” for any lighting designer, he says. It provided a great starting point, offering many interesting angles and rigging points for lights and using different levels and numerous colours and textures, he re-created the edgy, dangerous and precarious world of the Scuttlers.
For general ambience, the call was to replicate the smog and grime of factories and mills shot through with impressions of gaslight and flames, the two most common lightsources of the time. They also needed enough latitude to use theatrical devices for some of the show’s more choreographed and stylised moments as well as presenting a few visual surprises! “In shor
Germany - Video designer Ben Miles has praised the Avolites Ai R6 media servers in their performance for festival opener Coldplay at the star-studded Global Citizen Festival in Hamburg, Germany, ahead of the annual G20 Summit.
The Festival calls on governments and the private sector to increase support and funding of issues associated with extreme poverty. This year was the first time the event had been held in Europe - and featured performances by world-renowned superstars including Pharrell Williams, Shakira, Ellie Goulding, German superstars Herbert Gronemeyer and Andreas Bourani - all opened by multi-million selling British band Coldplay.
Miles, who has been responsible for Coldplay's stunning visuals throughout the band's A Head Full of Dreams tour, comments, "Coldplay has so many 'big hits' it's difficult for us to know which of them they will play at festivals and shows like this. We knew they would play five or six songs in their set, but we didn't know which ones, so we had to prepare for pretty much any of them. This meant we had to use our existing touring system, but integrated into the Global Citizen show design. To do this, we were able to work with the Global Citizen production team to use their LED mapping with our outputs."
Adapting the current Coldplay touring system's Ai outputs to the entirely different screen configuration in use at Global Citizen could have been a significant challenge for Miles and his team, as he explains. "Instead of outputting to our usual LED processors, we had to reallocate all our outputs from the tou
UK - Secret Garden Party (SGP) has been staged at Abbot’s Ripton near Huntingdon, UK since 2004 by Fred Felloes. It was hand-crafted as a boutique alternative to the established mainstream music festivals. 2017 marked the last SGP event, finishing on a high note of success and major impact in the world of alt.culture.
West London based lighting and visual rental specialist Colour Sound Experiment has been involved with the event for the last decade and this year supplied stage lighting to six main live performance areas and video to one. Additionally, they delivered lighting and special effects to over 40 other venues, bars, lounges and clubs dotted around the beautiful site, all helping revellers enjoy their final chance to catch that special SGP ambience.
Colour Sound’s crew of 22, led by Alex McCoy, arrived on site on Monday morning and had to be ready for a Friday event kick-off.
The six live stages included the Dance Off stage, where Sam Akinwale created a bespoke ‘TLG’ lighting feature on a scaffolding structure above the FOH platform as a moving tribute to the late Toby Lovegrove.
A mirror ball was suspended at the top of a large TLG sign, decorated with festoon lights and rigged on a scaffolding arch above the FOH area.
It was a large open air stage with a striking set piece at one end complete with integrated DJ booth which was lit with assorted LEDs.
Around the arena they positioned scaffolding towers rigged with Colour Sound’s new LightSky AquaBeam waterproof moving lights. In the middle of the space the tr
UK - Audio specialist tube uk delivered sound systems to a diverse mix of over 30 shows, site specific installations and one-off performances in a variety of venues across the city throughout the 18-day Manchester International Festival 2017 (MIF17).
tube's Melvyn Coote oversaw all the projects, collaborating closely with the festival’s technical director Jack Thompson.
The tube project management team of Adam Taylor, John Redfern, Dan Steele and Melvyn ran the numerous jobs from a pre-production and planning aspect – then a top team of seven warehouse and logistics staff, headed up and orchestrated by Jamie Sharman, implemented the equipment preps and the hectic delivery schedules.
A further 15 - 20 regular freelance engineers and technicians implemented the installation, rigging and operating of the various shows and gigs.
The pace was relentless with tube’s crew working 16-18 hour days for most of the period, so it was essential to have a team who could function well on minimal sleep and under serious pressure to deliver amazing service … keeping good humoured throughout.
“The whole team was fantastic,” enthused Melvyn after a successful and highly acclaimed festival that entertained and enthralled with a raft of invigorating new works. “The passion, dedication and commitment by everyone has been incredible,” commented Melvyn.
All the kit that tube owned was deployed, leaving a bare warehouse. It worked hard throughout the event for which the company supplied 80% of the audio requirements – from full theatre
USA - A pair of grunge rock heavies teamed up for a once in a life one-off at a music hall 150 miles outside Chicago this July, and were support by some punchy looks from an equally powerful duo: The Intimidator Beam 350 LED and Intimidator Spot 255 IRC from Chauvet DJ. Fresh off their appearance on the Make America Rock Again tour, Puddle of Mudd and Saving Abel visited the Boiler Room, in Kewanee, IL for a sold-out show. Jeff Hinton, working for Jonny B. Enterprises, supported their intense non-stop 90-minute performance with a hard-hitting lightshow that featured 16 of the moving fixtures.
“These were big name artists for this town and this venue,” said Hinton. “We wanted to create a lightshow that had a full production look, but we had a small stage and limited power. The Intimidators allowed us to create some impressive visuals despite this limitation, not just because of their output, but also due to features like their gobo capabilities, three-facet prisms and sheer speed. Plus, since they’re both LED, we didn’t suck up a lot of power.”
To create concert-like aerial effects, Hinton positioned two of the 10 Intimidator beams in his rig on large speaker cabinets located on each side of the small roofed stage. The remaining six beams were located on upstage goalpost truss. When not used for backlighting and audience abuse these fixtures also contributed aerial effects.
“We wanted a lot of action in the air, because it kind of underscored the big event nature of the show,” said Hinton. “One of the nice things about the In
Moldova - Elation dealer Eventika Grup SRL of Moldova recently finished an interesting project that the company worked long and hard to complete. After the USSR collapsed, the circus in the town of Chisinau, Moldova, disintegrated along with it, leaving behind a large circus building that had the potential to be an excellent performance space.
After years of laying idol, Eventika was able to partially restore the building on their own, without foreign investment, and held a 20th anniversary tribute concert at the venue for the Moldavian rock band Gindul Mitei (Cat’s Thoughts).
The circus building, Chisinau City Circus, opened in 1981 and was once the largest auditorium in Moldova with over 50 performances there each year. With post-communist era struggles however, the venue was abandoned in 2004. For the 2017 20th anniversary tribute concert, bands and solo artists presented Gindul Mitei classics while the building’s big top past came to life with gymnasts, jugglers and even an acrobat on a white horse performing for the audience.
Besides their task as renovators of the venue, Eventika fulfilled every possible role for the concert event – show production, full technical contractor, design, décor and scenography, direction, and more. Lighting design was by Serghei Buchin with the support of Eventika lighting designer and operator Maxim Cojocari.
“There were restrictions to the circus arena so we made a classical concert mix of lines of rigging,” Serghei Buchin of Eventika Grup explains. “We placed Fuze Wash Z350 fixtures upstage
UK - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is going international, with technical equipment hire company Hawthorn supplying lighting equipment for the award-winning production.
The international leg of the Curious tour will visit Amsterdam, Toronto and other international cities to be announced.
Hawthorn is continuing its relationship with production after supplying lighting for this year’s UK tour and has worked with renowned lighting designer Paule Constable to supply the lighting equipment for her Olivier award winning design. This included supplying industry workhorses such as the Martin MAC TW1 and the ETC Source 4 Revolution combined with newer technology such as the ETC LUSTR 2 LED Profile and the VL3500Q Spot.
The remaining rig is made up of a number of conventional ETC Source 4 profiles and PARS, Selecon Arena 2.5K PCs, Rainbow 12” Scrollers, a Martin Atomic Strobe, Pulsar Chroma LED UV Floods, Studio Due Archibars, Viper smoke machines all controlled from an ETC networked system utilising both the GIO and ION consoles.
Mark Burnett, business development manager at Hawthorn, said: “We’re delighted to be working with the Curious Incident team once again for the production’s international tour. If you’ve seen the show, you’ll know how incredibly powerful and visually arresting the lighting and video design is and the important role it plays in telling Christopher’s story. The production deserves the worldwide acclaim enjoyed the book and its fantastic to play a small role in taking it internationa
Sweden - The Polar Music Prize is recognised as one of music’s most prestigious international honours and this year’s ceremony saw Hippotizer Media Servers playing a key part in Sundin Designers Sweden’s lighting and image display for the show.
Founded in 1989 by the late Stig ‘Stikkan’ Anderson – Anderson was the publisher, lyricist and manager of ABBA and the name stems from his legendary record label – the Polar Music Prize customarily goes to one contemporary musician and one classical musician. This year saw Sting and Wayne Shorter, the American jazz saxophonist and composer, become laureates and the venue was again the beautiful Stockholm Concert Hall.
Designed by Ivar Tengbom the 1920s-neo-classical creation is one of the Swedish architect’s most famous works, and Sundin Designers Sweden was charged with video and lighting design for this beautiful interior for the Polar Music Prize ceremony. The Stockholm-based design company knows the venue well – it also designs video and lighting for the annual Nobel Banquet, the banquet which follows the Nobel Prize ceremony – and founder Per Sundin again led his team on one of Stockholm’s biggest nights of the year.
Per’s design vision for the evening was to deliver a video and lighting show to highlight the concert hall’s architectural beauty, while at the same time mixing the expression between classical music and pop art. Supported by DigiGobos / Beacon Gobo Group – Green Hippo’s exclusive distributor in Sweden – Per and his team presented a refined display, blending p
USA - Leading New York City-based national concert promoter The Bowery Presents (TBP) recently opened its latest live music venue, Brooklyn Steel, a new 20,000sq.ft space in East Williamsburg, New York that is outfitted with L-Acoustics K2 line arrays, plus delays and stage monitors.
A gantry crane retained from the former steel fabrication business enables the flown arrays to be repositioned, along with the movable 50,000lb steel and concrete stage, to scale the audience area according to the expected attendance at each show.
TBP’s in-house team designed and installed Brooklyn Steel’s L-Acoustics loudspeaker system, which is patterned after a similar rig at Terminal 5, a 3,000-capacity venue in Manhattan that the promoter also exclusively operates.
Mark Friedman of Long Island City-based See Factor supplied the speaker setup as well as the rest of the new club’s audio complement, including a 56-channel DiGiCo SD10 console at front-of-house with a 56-channel SD9 available for monitors. A three-way copper split accommodates tours traveling with their own monitor rigs as well as recording and broadcast feeds.
“Having worked with The Bowery Presents on numerous venues over the years, See Factor’s first choice of L-Acoustics and DiGiCo is a solid combination that has firmly built our fruitful relationship of trust with the promoter,” Friedman notes. “The Bowery Presents has always recognized the value of providing the highest quality production infrastructure available to best enhance both audiences’ and bands’ overall live exper
UK - CPL (Central Presentations) working for creative event producers Bright, took its experience and knowledge of festival productions and delivered full technical production - sound, lighting, rigging and some AV - for the 2017 OVO festival.
The event, now in its third year and a big hit with OVO’s staff, families and friends, was again staged at Mojo Active, Almondsbury near Bristol. CPL and Bright are regular collaborators and there is a great synergy between the two companies in their respective roles and end-goal of ensuring that event environments are smooth, entertaining, memorable and fun for all guests.
CPL’s project manager Mike Radford commented: “We were delighted to be involved again, and enjoyed working closely with Bright’s team led by their PM Mike Matthews. The brief was to bring all the production values of a premium festival to this event and ensure the best possible guest experience”.
The one-day event featured a main band stage and a large bar / catering and second stage area located in nine large conjoined Tepees, plus an open area featuring a heterogeneity of attractions like vintage fairground rides, archery, falconry, rounders and other field games and there was also a Children’s Tent. All were geared towards providing a fun-fuelled day for all ages and tastes.
The full site build started a week ahead of the event and CPL did their lighting and sound get-in the day before.
The main stage / roof was supplied by Bristol based BES Systems and a flown d&b Y8 audio system was specified, complete wi