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.”
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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
Austria - The Super Bowl – the final of the US National Football League – was celebrated at Europe's biggest Super Bowl Party, a night organised by Austrian private broadcaster PULS 4 in the Vienna Albert Schultz ice rink.
With over 4000 sports fans attending, Viennese company Pro Performance Wolfgang Sauter was responsible for the entire sound concept of the Super Bowl Party. The long-standing Alcons distribution partner was supported by Ils medientechnik GmbH from Leipzig, who under the management of Thomas Ils and Matthias Heilmann took over the detailed audio planning, supervised the network technology and managed the labour coordination. Also material disposition and logistics lay in the hands of the Leipziger. Uwe Biesgen from Creative Sound was on site for ils as responsible system engineer.
The Super Bowl Party was amplified from both sides of the ice arena. A total of 54 Alcons pro-ribbon LR18 line array modules were split into six clusters (two L / C / R), each complemented with two Alcons BC543 triple 18 '' cardioid subwoofers per cluster. In addition, Pro Performance relied on four Alcons BQ211 compact 21" subwoofers and two Alcons VR12 for DJ monitoring.
For stage monitoring / cheerleading monitoring, eight Alcons VR12s were used, and two Alcons VR8s were used for FOH monitoring. The sound system was powered by 24 Sentinel10 amplified loudspeaker controllers.
Celebrating a huge party in an already acoustically demanding ice rink poses challenges for the audio team. Wolfgang Sauter, owner of Pro Performance, explains: "T
UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) have helped full event production services company VisionEvents Manchester (VE-M) to upgrade their equipment inventory with some of the latest technologies from premier industry brands, including Green Hippo, Panasonic, ProLights, Sennheiser, Manfrotto, Doughty and Tourflex Cabling.
VE-M's complete event services cover all creative and technical aspects of client projects - including event planning & solutions; creative graphics & video production; and technology equipment hire.
VE-M were keen to invest in high quality new video, sound and lighting technologies for their AV department, so approached AC-ET, knowing that the company would be able to meet all their needs.
Mike Docksey in AC-ET's external sales team oversaw the sale. Working with product specialists in the company's dedicated video, lighting, audio and rigging divisions, he selected from over 200 industry brands - including some available exclusively in the UK from the company.
AC-ET supplied a large 30sq.m indoor video wall system featuring 120 separate 50sq.cm ProLights AlphaPIX2 LED panels, plus related system equipment and flightcases.
In addition, AC-ET's in-house Tourflex Cabling custom cable assembly service supplied 120 1.1m lengths of both Tourflex Datasafe Ultra Cat 5e cable and PowerCON extension cable, for networking together and powering all panels in the ProLights AlphaPIX2 video wall.
For events where the budget, time or space do not permit using a video wall, VE-M purchased six Panasonic high bright
Germany - Stadthalle Singen in Singen was recently upgraded with a Yamaha CL5 digital mixing system to the benefit of both national and international productions.
Owned and managed by Kultur und Tourismus Singen (KTS), the venue has attracted over 850,000 visitors to more than 2,400 events in the 10 years since it opened. Described as ‘the most versatile event and conference centre between the Black Forest and Lake Constance’, it features the Thügasaal (up to 690 seats), Small Hall (up to 270 seats) and Gallery (up to 203 seats), plus three meeting rooms and two seminar rooms.
Thanks to an inventive, modular construction with movable floors, a flat space of 1700 m² can be created by combining the Thügasaal, Small Hall, main foyer and side foyer. This versatility allows a wide range of large events such as theatre, ballet, opera, musicals, rock, pop and classical concerts, congresses, fairs and corporate events to be hosted, as well as more intimate occasions like cabaret, lectures, readings, seminars, meetings and parties.
Recognising the increasingly complex events that Stadthalle Singen attracts, this autumn its Yamaha M7CL mixing console has been upgraded to a CL5 with Rio3224-D and Rio1608-D i/o units.
“The modular room concept, with different spaces regularly being used in parallel, requires flexible signal distribution throughout the venue,” says Ulf Hahn of Praxl Licht- & Tontechnik GmbH, who supplied and installed the new system. “The flexibility and use of Dante were obvious reasons for choosing the Yamaha CL5, but i
USA - Rapper Snoop Dogg completed his most recent touring season with dates in the American Southwest and West Coast supported by monitor engineer Freddie Johns III mixing on an Allen & Heath dLive S Class S5000 Surface with DM64 MixRack.
Johns, who has also worked with artists like B.o.B., Far East Movement, Jeremih and A$AP Rocky had been using an older digital mixer with Snoop Dogg. Then, he had a chance to try out a dLive for several days in Los Angeles and says, “I fell in love with the desk.” Johns had multi-track recordings from previous Snoop Dogg concerts and played these using the dLive’s Virtual Sound Check to set up and mix a couple of virtual shows. “I just became one with the board,” he said. “Ever since then, I’ve had it on every Snoop Dogg show.”
Snoop Dogg’s monitor setup includes in-ear monitors, floor wedges and side-fills and Johns noted, “Snoop is on ears but he likes to feel it on stage from the wedges. So, there’s a challenge in trying to balance the ears mix with the stage mix without getting a lot of ambient noise feeding into the mics.” Johns uses the “IEM Glue” preset on the dLive’s multi-band compressor to help maintain this balance. “I could really tell the difference having that on the ears,” he said.
Johns uses the dLive’s Dyn8 dynamic EQ on Snoop’s vocal. “I have Snoop’s vocals double-patched,” he said. “And, I do something different with his wedges than I do with his ears. So, on his ears, I have the Dyn8 and I really like that multi-band compressor, too. Snoop says i
Canada - With the winter season in full swing, Canadian production company Ottawa Special Events (OSE) increased the scope of its service to corporate clients by investing in 12 of GLP’s large Air Dome 850’s.
GLP Air Domes offer protection against rain and other environmental influences in various sized housings, with the 850 dome purpose-designed for larger moving heads.
They were supplied by GLP’s Canadian distributor, AVL Media Group who have been aggressively promoting both these, and GLP’s Rain Cover Kits into the local markets to counter the arduous conditions.
“We were looking at a product that was going to protect our fixtures and be rugged enough to withstand cold Canadian weather but also be user friendly and a breeze to install,” confirms OSE production manager, Joel Deslauriers. “There were other brands out there, but the builds were not as well designed and price points were a lot higher than GLP’s which also made this purchase very attractive for us.”
Consequently, they are delighted with their decision. “The build was very simple, which was key for quick setup and dismantle of the Domes. It was a lot more lightweight than expected, making it easy for one person to stack and unstack them for storage and transportation.”
Deslauriers explained that the 850 was the only Dome that could fit their larger Platinum HFX’s. “We could have purchased the Air Dome 600 for the smaller Wash fixtures we have in inventory - but investing our money in the 850s was the correct decision, as it allows us to cross-re
India - Bollywood Music Project, Asia’s largest Bollywood music festival, came to Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, on 27-28 January. Hosted by Event Capital & Talent Management, the event featured two stages, over 200 musicians and more than 50 artists performing for its high adrenaline audience. DiGiCo SD10 consoles, supplied by audio rental company Mega Sound, were at the centre of the action.
For two days, the city saw some of India’s biggest names head to BMP, including Farhan Akhtar, Papon, Vishal Bhardwaj, Euphoria, Nooran Sisters, Richa Sharma, Benny Dayal, Aditi Singh Sharma, Anusha Mani, Shilpa Rao, Shruti Pathak, Raftaar, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Kutle Khan, as well as other eclectic artists from the world of Bollywood music.
Udaipur-based Mega Sound is one of India’s leading AV rental companies and has an impressive inventory of first class equipment. It provided the complete sound production for BMP, with the SD10s, purchased through the British manufacturer's Indian distributor, Hi-Tech Audio Pvt. Ltd, deployed at its Front of House positions.
Siddharth Chauhan, director of Mega Sound, comments: “It was a stellar show from an audio and visual standpoint and the SD system gives us a very cool way of handling a situation with multiple stages. Moreover, the DiGiCo technical support team at Hi-Tech Audio Systems handled everything related to SD10 and the sound engineers enjoyed working on the console. It all went very smoothly. DiGiCo’s technical support and service is absolutely world class and you can always count on
USA - The Band's Visit, a critically acclaimed new musical that celebrates the deeply human ways music and laughter connect us, opened in November to rave reviews at the Barrymore Theatre on Broadway. It is the story of the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra's arrival in Israel for the opening of an Arab Cultural Centre, only to find out that they have boarded the wrong bus to the wrong town – with some inevitably amusing consequences.
A big part of the musical's success is celebrated sound designer Kai Harada's innovative sound design, at the heart of which is Astro Spatial Audio's true object-based approach to immersive, three-dimensional audio.
At the heart of the Astro Spatial Audio (ASA) solution is the conversion of audio signals into audio objects. ASA's SARA II Premium Rendering Engine – a 3U road and rack ready processor offering up to 128 MADI or 128 Dante configurable network pathways at 48kHz/24-bit resolution – utilises extensive metadata attached to each audio object.
The result is a precise calculation of that object's position within virtual 3D space, processed in real-time up to 40 times per second for each individual object, as well as that object's acoustic effect on the virtual space around it. The result for the engineer is a truly 3D audio canvas on which to play.
Harada explains how ASA was integrated into the production: "In The Band's Visit, several musicians play their instruments in a variety of locations on the stage, and it was incredibly important to me to preserve a transparent sound syste
Oman - The Muscat-based Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC) has taken delivery of ProLyft Aetos hoists.
With over 22,000sq.m of column-free space, the venue offers a wide array of meeting and exhibition spaces with the very latest in communications and audio-visual technology to meet the demands of the most discerning global event organisers.
To meet their customers’ demands, the venue operator, AEG Ogden, was looking for a flexible solution for the venue’s rigging facilities. Adhering to the highest quality standards and service excellence, they were looking for high-end rigging solutions, supported by the best service and knowledge.
Meeting OCEC’s brief, Prolyte Group was selected to present a proposal. Based on the quality of the proposal and the technical support they experienced during this phase, they were happy to give the green light.
All the separate venues within the OCEC are supplied through the venue operators’ office. Based on the incoming rigging plans for the upcoming projects, they assign the required equipment for the shows and exhibitions. This means the equipment needs to be as flexible as possible and suited for all types of applications.
Prolyte supplied a large batch of Aetos hoists with a lifting capacity of 1000kg and a lifting height of 20m. All hoists are equipped with limit switches, incremental encoders, double brakes and load cells. These extended specifications were all specifically required by the OCEC, since they wanted this installation to be not only flexible, but also to offer full safe
UAE - Dubai-based Fountains International Events employed Green Hippo to deliver a prestigious graduation ceremony in the United Arab Emirates.
The American University in the Emirates (AUE) invited Dubai-based Fountains International Events to craft a video and lighting show for its seventh commencement ceremony at Dubai World Trade Centre.
Led by Pavel Pashkovskiy, Fountains International Events has extensive experience in the region, and for the AUE graduation ceremony the company designed and produced content with a total size of approximately 10,000 x 4,000 pixels. Using a pair of Hippotizer Karst Media Servers, Pavel operated a special Art-Net timeline-based controller from Syncronorm, sending layers, and starting triggers to the Karsts. Pavel calls this technique ‘Art-Net timecode’, and the Art-Net timeline triggered all of his other devices, including lasers, light controllers, special FX, and water fountains.
Each Karst ran a separate screen area, offering blending as well as hardedge joining. The Hippotizer Karsts received an externally-sourced live feed via Datapath capture cards, and eight splitters - four from Datapath and four from FX - spliced the Hippotizer 2K and 4K outputs. The signal was then sent to video projectors through fibre optics.
Fountains International Events managed installation, projection works, show creation, and synchronisation and the Green Hippo tech delivered exactly what it needed for the multifaceted show.
Pavel Pashkovskiy comments: "We are always creating complex shows, where too many component
UK - Figure of Eight Events was recently approached to provide technical production for this year’s Isuzu Awards, which took place in the 70,000-seat Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
As the new sponsor for the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU), Isuzu wanted to create a fitting start to their relationship by showcasing what the stadium has to offer. Figure of Eight didn’t disappoint by delighting the guests with a 360° lighting design that featured a collection of Rogue fixtures from Chauvet Professional.
With the awards ceremony and dinner housed within a clear marquee, positioned 3m high over the central pitch area, Figure of Eight came up with the idea of surrounding the structure with high-power light from the Rogue RH1 Hybrid and Rogue R2 Wash fixtures.
“We wanted to create a stunning backdrop for the award ceremony by allowing the guests inside to be able to see beyond the stage and out towards the spectacle,” commented Rich Rayner, director of Figure of Eight Events. “We wanted to use the amazing backdrop available to us, but lighting a stadium of this size isn’t easy; it took over 150 lighting fixtures to create the desired effect, but with our new investment in Chauvet’s units, we were able to create some great lighting looks that really showed off the stadium’s size and stature from the comfort and warmth of the marquee.”
Positioned around the perimeter of the pitch, the Rogue RH1 Hybrid fixture’s 330W Osram Sirius lamp provided a high-output capability that exceeded the expectations of both the production team and client.
UK - Illumination rental and installation specialists LED Creative assisted in creating the 360° studio experience for the recent six-show run of BBC’s All Together Now.
Produced by Remarkable Television (part of Endemol Shine UK) and filmed in front of a live studio audience at Salford’s Dock 10 studios, All Together Now posts a series of would be singing stars before a panel of 100 carefully selected, highly opinionated ‘judges’ who cast their votes by standing up and joining with the performances.
The series features a set created by scenic designer Dominic Tolfts, lit by LD Dave Davey, that surrounds the singers, panel and audience in a wall of colour and movement, allowing the performances to be viewed from almost any angle with no break in the vibrant studio backdrop.
LED Creative supported the crew on the shows, supplying their BYTE Controllers and Sigma LED System, which has been skillfully woven throughout the installation, edging the large-scale set-pieces and providing intense detail and crisp highlights across the entire stage.
Bright, punchy and full of colour, the look and feel created by the team at All Together Now perfectly reflects the show’s playful nature and exuberant twist to the talent show format.
Commenting on the production, LED Creative director Ges Smith says: “The crew on All Together Now has created a fantastic, immersive installation that totally surrounds performers and audience alike - allowing the look of the show to remain constant across a range of camera angl
USA - A quality tungsten audience blinder has a key role in a Zac Brown Band show, and last year’s discharge-based lights for the band’s Welcome Home tour gave way to high-impact Elation Professional Cuepix Blinder WW2 LED-based white light fixtures.
Production and lighting design for the tour was by UK-based production design company Okulus, who also handled creative direction and scenic design. James Scott, Okulus director, had been introduced to the Cuepix Blinder on another design tour, Passenger, in 2015, an outing where power consumption limitations were a concern and an LED fixture the solution. “Looking at the sheer quantity of blinders that Zac Brown wanted to use on this show, having all those dimmers and cabling didn’t make sense. We had to go LED and again chose Cuepix,” Scott commented.
The Cuepix white light fixtures not only give the classic look of a 2-lite or 4-lite blinder, they do it at a fraction of the power requirements, says the company. “The benefits were substantial from saving on infrastructure - cables and dimmers - to fewer man hours and eliminating bulb changes,” Scott said. The switch to LED not only adds up to reduced weight and money saved but the Cuepix Blinders are a more eco-friendly option for audience illumination.
The design included Cuepix Blinder WW2s, 22 on a front light truss downstage, 16 on a mid-stage truss, and four per side above a curved LED screen. A row of Cuepix units also worked from the floor in lighting carts that could easily be wheeled on and off the stage. The carts, whi
UK - On the evening of 16 February, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council organised the Fashion Hong Kong Show and Cocktail Reception at London's Somerset House. Being an approved supplier at Somerset House, along with working on several shows across London Fashion Week, White Light was called upon to provide the technical solutions.
The event was produced by My Beautiful City - a full service creative agency that offers end-to-end support across art direction, concept creation and event production. For over 10 years they have worked with some of the world’s most talented designers to bring their collections to life at Fashion Week. They have also worked closely with WL across several London Fashion Weeks.
WL’s senior account manager Dominic Yates comments: “We have a strong working relationship with My Beautiful City, which goes back many years, and they called upon us once again for this high-profile event.”
The leading brands Heaven Please+, House of V, Methodology and Maison Vermillion were selected by the British Fashion Council to participate in the event, part of an ongoing initiative by the HKTDC to give international exposure to Hong Kong-based designers and brands. This was the first time the showcase took place in London, having previously travelled to New York, Copenhagen, Tokyo, Shanghai and Singapore.
Dominic explains: “As part of the technical support, we supplied uplighters, a sound system, bespoke lighting, along with mains distribution. We also had a crew of four technicians on site to ensure that the entire event
World - Irish rock band The Script's current Freedom Child tour features a complex mix of video, live footage, pre-made content and live effects displayed on a multiscreen structure. The ambitious visuals are being powered by Avolites Ai Infinity R8 Servers and Quartz lighting control consoles.
The Script's long-time show designer, Jamie Thompson, is working alongside freelance media server expert Annalisa Terranova, Tom and Satoko Wall from Blinkin LAB and video director Ben Farrey, to deliver the architectural content.
The multi-screen set-up is being run by four Ai R8 media servers. Two R8 servers process content created in real-time effects generator, Notch, which is then fed into the second pair of Ai servers which handle the main content. All of this is then outputted to the massive, angular on-stage LED screens.
"It's a pretty hybrid setup and we've customised some aspects of two of the R8s as Notch servers to create a beast of server capability for this complex show. We have amazing power to control," says Thompson. "The Ai servers give me huge scope to achieve more and more each time I work with The Script."
Notch is a node-based solution for generating effects in real time and allows export of a range of programmed effects directly into Ai as a Notch Block. Ai then runs the Block and sends the generation out to the selected layer.
"The Notch integration in Ai is definitely the feature that has been used the most," says Terranova. "It's been great to be able to use such a powerful effects engine that can generate particle