Finland - Kaiku opened in Helsinki in 2013 and quickly rose to the forefront of the city’s lively club scene. Its popularity is perhaps founded on the prominence of its owner, Toni Rantanen, who has been masterminding the scene by founding and concurrently operating several clubs since the early 2000s.
But while his name may have made people take notice, it is the consistently awesome parties that evolve every night at Kaiku that pack it to capacity (400 people) and keep A-list DJs at Rantanen’s beck and call. Recently, Kaiku upgraded its already excellent sound system to a complete Danley Sound Labs system, including loudspeakers, subwoofers, amplifiers, and processing.
Kaiku’s new system consists of four Danley SH-46 loudspeakers for full-range content. The SH-46 uses acoustical wizard Tom Danley’s patented Synergy Horn technology to deliver incredibly accurate and undistorted content even at the high volumes required of a club system – volumes where conventional loudspeakers inevitably begin to distort and thus fatigue listeners. In contrast, the Danley SH-46s sound pleasant and inviting even after an entire night of dancing!
Low-end support is hugely important, and Kaiku uses three massive Danley DBH-218 subwoofers to move the floor – and the souls – of its congregants. Unlike conventional subwoofers, which essentially woof out deep frequencies that are only casually related to the frequency content of the program material, Danley subwoofers are famous for their fidelity. Their deep output is thus musical and satisfying, warm and h
China - Almost 400 L-Acoustics cabinets were deployed as part of a mammoth PA system for Jacky Cheung’s 2017 A Classic Tour, which took in 21 venues, both indoor and outdoor, across mainland China at the beginning of the year, and continues through Hong Kong, Sinapore and Taiwan.
The show is performed in the round, with both complex stage machinery and the task of ensuring complete coverage of the audience offering a challenge for rental companies Haona, who supplied the system for the China dates, Unusual in Singapore and Taiwan’s Winly, who worked alongside L-Acoustics Chinese distributor, Rightway Audio Consultants to realise a complex design.
A Hong Kong-born singer, songwriter and actor, Jacky Cheung is one of the city’s ‘Four Heavenly Kings’ – a term created by Oriental Daily News in 1992 to describe the four biggest male entertainment artists in Hong Kong. Over his 30-year career, his popularity has known no bounds - he even set a Guinness World record in 2011 for the largest combined audience for a live act in 12 months, with a total audience figure of over two million, for his Jacky Cheung ½ Century World Tour.
For A Classic Tour, Cheung’s live performances were an electrifying three hours that combined his vocal talents, which have earned him the moniker ‘God of Songs’, with elements of both the theatre and circus.
The show design included a considerable number of moving elements for both lighting and staging, which had an influence on the number of cabinets used, and their position. “Due to the complex st
UK - As part of British Style Collective’s three-day fashion extravaganza staged at Liverpool’s Echo Arena, VER London supported the production crew on Rock the Runway, a brace of daily show-stopping performances mixing models and dancers in a fashion-meets-music spectacle.
Built as a full-on rock and roll style production, conceived and staged by Andy Turner with styling by Karl Willet and music by Des Lambert, the installation featured a full height, up stage LED video wall that delivered stunning content created specifically by Colin Rozee of ZeeFX to help intensify the audience experience. A variety of automated heads and effects were also incorporated to allow maximum creative control over the on-stage illumination.
Working closely with LD Nigel Catmur, the VER Lighting department provided a mixture of Martin MAC Viper Performance, Profile and AirFX plus over 50 Robe Robin Pointe fixtures, perfect for dissecting the on-screen visuals. Showline SL Nitro 510C LEDs were also throughout the trussing structure, to add instant, precise colour changes and intense effects.
VER lighting business development manager, Lester Cobrin comments: “It was a great honour to be involved with this very high profile show. Lev, Nigel, John and the rest of team rose to the many demands involved, executed and smashed it! They produced a truly world class event. I take my hat off to them.”
Speaking to VER, the LD reports, “The show is not your straight catwalk show by any stretch of the imagination. It is a ‘full on’, in your face’ spectacl
UK - Long renowned as a home of artists and inspiring galleries, the Cornish resort of St. Ives has now discovered the art of sound, with new bar restaurant Beer & Bird the canvas for a subtly rendered sonic palette, delivered by a Yamaha Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) installation.
Beer & Bird is an independent, family run business which grew out of John’s Wines and Spirit Specialists - a long-established Cornish retailer of high quality wines, spirits, beers and ciders. Opening a restaurant where patrons could enjoy the company’s drinks with delicious, locally-sourced food was a logical progression, with Beer & Bird opening its doors in April 2017.
Proprietors Tom, Sam and Paul Hanson were determined that the quality of the ambience should match the quality of its fare, so they approached Penzance-based Acoustic Streams, a company renowned for its high-quality audio systems.
“We are used to selling very high end residential systems, so when they approached us with the brief that they wanted ‘something special’ for Beer & Bird’s background music system, we knew that we could fulfil the brief. It was just down to choosing the best solution,” says Acoustic Streams’ Kenny Thompson.
“Being in the heart of one of Cornwall's most important tourist towns and artistic communities, they wanted to be regarded as the ‘cream of the crop’ in St. Ives and to make a really good impression on a wide demographic.”
As luck would have it, while Kenny and the Acoustic Streams team were looking at various op
UK - ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick So It Goes is a bold and original collaboration between gurus of electronic music New Order and conceptual visual artist Liam Gillick, which is orchestrated by Joe Duddell and presented for the 2017 Manchester International Festival on Stage 1 at the Old Granada Studios in the city.
Lighting was designed by the band’s long term LD Andy Liddle, with equipment supplied by Blackburn-based rental specialist HSL, project managed by John Slevin and co-ordinated on site for them by Andy Chatburn.
The show presents selected deconstructions picked from New Order’s vast body of work, played by the band and a 12-person synthesiser ensemble from the Royal Northern College of Music.
Gillick designed the stage set comprising the 22.5m wide by 7m high structure upstage of the band that houses the 12 synth players. This was engineered by Star Events and, together with the trussing providing the overhead lighting positions, had to be shoehorned into the Studio’s 24.5m wide 1979 Space Frame superstructure, a delicate operation undertaken by UK Rigging.
A striking large-scale louvre system, created by Scott Fleary, is integral to the set and sits in front of the 12 keyboard cubes, fabricated by Hawthorns and installed by Take One Scenic. When closed and in transition, the 12 louvered panels act as a front projection surface and when open, a vibrant array of lighting and other visual effects are revealed.
“Many inspiring people and excellent companies have united to make this production happ
USA - Chris Lisle has designed the production and lighting for Jason Aldean’s current They Don’t Know tour and is using Elation Professional gear as part of a large lighting package. The country music singer has been on the road since late April and is playing a variety of venues across North America through the summer and into the fall.
Jason Aldean has 19 country-chart number-one songs to his credit and was named Entertainer of the year by the Academy of Country Music in 2016. The They Don’t Know tour and album of the same name have been highly anticipated by his wide fan base, who admire the entertainer for the range of emotions in his shows and blend of musical styles, anything from traditional country to more upbeat rock, R&B and even rap.
“This is my first tour with the Jason Aldean camp,” production designer Chris Lisle stated. “The entire Jason Aldean team has been great to work with - from Jason himself to management to the lighting crew. They are all top-notch pros that put a lot of heart into what they do.”
Lisle has over 350 fixtures at his disposal as part of an industrial design that centres on the hexagon as a symbol of blue-collar grit and toughness. The six-sided hexagonal theme, which plays into everything from trussing to staging to video screens, gives a beautifully layered depth to the stage while providing a useful variety of angles from which to light the set.
The lighting package is being supplied by Bandit Lites and includes Elation ACL 360 Bar effect lights, Colour Chorus series LED
UK - This year, Projected Image is lending its skills for an exclusive sponsor event in the lead up to Lumiere Durham - the largest light festival in the UK. Held every two years, the festival attracts 200,000 people to the historic city of Durham and features a variety of light installations around the city.
This will be the first year Projected Image has been actively involved in the event where designers from around the globe pitch for space for their temporary lighting installations.
The piece de resistance in 2015 was a joint video piece led by Ross Ashton called The World Machine. The 10-minute video featured the work of the Cosmology Department of Durham University and the Ordered Universe Project. It combined theories on the modern view of the origins of the universe, with medieval stylings and music.
Projected Image is teaming up with lighting designer Graeme Sewell from Vortex Lighting by providing free full-colour glass gobos for a sponsor reception. Their custom gobos will be used in conjunction with projectors to cast large images inside the venue. Last year, Vortex worked with Carols of Light at Durham Cathedral to brighten up the iconic columns and vaulted ceiling.
Ian Spoors, marketing manager of Projected Images stated: “We are very happy to be supporting the exclusive sponsor event by providing the glass gobos and transforming the venue. Lumiere Durham is a festival very close to our hearts and we are delighted to be doing our bit for the local community.”
Europe - Bryan Ferry is on tour across the USA and Europe, including various dates on the festival circuit, carrying a dLive S Class mixing system from Allen & Heath to manage monitors.
Supplied by Britannia Row Productions in Europe and Clair Bros in the USA, dLive was selected by monitor engineer, Tom Howat. The system comprises a S5000 Surface with DM64 MixRack, DX32 Expander Rack, and two IP8 controllers for remote access. Howat has used dLive on previous tours, including Paolo Nutini and Morrissey.
“Once again, the dLive delivers clarity and precision. Mixing in-ear monitors for a 10-piece band comprising some very well-known and experienced musicians requires a monitor desk that will deliver a detailed, full sound. dLive’s built-in compression and FX make a huge contribution towards achieving this, along with plenty of scenes - 50+ and counting.” explains Tom Howat.
dLive’s recent firmware updates, v1.4 and now v1.5, have provided new features that have freed up Howat’s time and enabled him to focus on Bryan’s mix during the shows. He is using the new Dyn8 units, new FX units, tube pre-amp modelling features on all 4 saxophones, and the extended choice of compression – 16T on most instruments and Peak Limiter 76 on all vocals.
“I’m loving the new features, particularly the Dimension Chorus on acoustic guitars! The enhanced level of recall filtering in v1.5 is a major step forward in the flexibility of the scene automation,” continues Howat. “Bryan’s monitor mix requires constant, active mixing throughout each
Europe - Philips Lighting has announced that its new Philips Vari-Lite VL6000 Beam luminaires are playing a central role in the lighting design for Depeche Mode's Global Spirit tour.
Lighting design for the tour is by Sooner Routhier and Robert Long of US-based SRae Productions. Associate lighting designer Brian Jenkins programmed the show for SRae, while lighting director Manny Conde is responsible for the lighting on the tour. The lighting equipment is being supplied by UK-based production rental specialist HSL Group.
The lighting designers worked closely with Depeche Mode's long-time artistic collaborator and production designer, Anton Corbijn, whose design for the band's latest album Spirit underpins the show's creative concept. The album design features heavily brush-stroked painted figures holding flags, and this motif is emphasized in the production design by a rectangular video wall upstage, while a runway extending out into the audience from stage right forms the 'flag pole'.
While Corbijn left the fixture selection to Routhier and Long, he did make some key requests in the design brief, as Routhier explains: "Anton stated that he wanted an 'industrial' look and that extended to the fixtures in the rig. Robert and I were looking for fixtures that could fit our scenic element, since we were working with a static, rectangular LED video wall upstage."
This quest led the lighting designers to consider a new light that they had heard about - the Philips Vari-Lite VL6000 Beam. "Neither Robert nor I had seen them before," says Routhie
Belgium - Lighting and visual innovators Painting with Light were approached to design a special feature for the current Black To The Future art exhibition, which is being organised by art collective Het Labo and staged at the C-MINE cultural centre in Genk, Belgium.
The environment is a redeveloped coal mine once the pulse of local industry, now tastefully restored and again serving the community meaningfully as a cultural centre and creative hub for media and tech-related companies and the LUCA School of Arts.
The Het Labo logo is a lighthouse - so, it was a no-brainer for Luc Peumans and his Painting with Light team, who decided to imagine a ‘real’ lighthouse utilizing a high-powered beam luminaire and one of the two former mine head elevator shafts that still dominate the C-MINE site.
A Vari*Lite VL6000 Beam was chosen to deliver the power and projection needed to make the installation impressively high-impact.
The luminaire was specified by Luc himself and is positioned on top of the tallest of the two mine heads, 63 metres in the air. The fixture was supplied by Belgian Vari*Lite distributor Face, who were very happy to partner with Painting with Light for the project.
The beacon-like VL6K Beam is perfect for the application and can be seen for many miles around on a clear night, adding interest, attracting people to check out the expo - and prompting numerous chats via social media channels.
The luminaire has a large 14” front aperture and utilizes an exclusive new Philips ellipsoid reflector array system to
Mexico - The sprawling grounds of a former Mexican steel foundry have become one of the hottest spots on the music festival scene. Started only five years ago, the Pa’l Norte Festival is already the number one tourist event in the state of Nuevo León in terms of its economic impact.
This year’s edition of the two-day event drew 160,000 fans from throughout the world and featured a heady mix of stars that included The Killers, Placebo, MIA, The Offspring, Kaskade, Maná, Jason Derulo and Enanitos Verdes among others. Providing a suitably powerful background to their performances was a main stage festival rig anchored by 72 Maverick MK2 Washes from Chauvet Professional.
Serpro Producciones, which supplied the RGBW LED moving wash fixtures, flew them on truss that descended in height from downstage to upstage. At the centre of this configuration were two diamond shaped truss boxes, one inside the other. On either side of this centrepiece were 10 rows of truss, each with four MK2 Washes. The overhead Mavericks provided visiting LDs with a fertile backdrop for their designs by hitting the stage with vividly coloured light from down, side and back positions. Mavericks positioned on the higher downstage truss were also often used to light the apron of the stage and for audience lighting.
With their wide 7° to 49° zoom range, the Mavericks made it easy for visiting artist LDs to vary coverage areas. Also contributing to the flexibility of the festival rig, which was essential given the diversity of the performers on stage, were the Mavericks’ prowe
The Netherlands - The saying that ‘success breeds success’ is proved at B-Amsterdam, where the inventive re-use of a former five-storey office block has proved so popular that the project now covers three separate buildings. The addition of restaurant Bureau has seen a new Yamaha Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) solution added to the previously-installed CIS system.
Opened in 2015, B-Amsterdam turned the city’s old 40,000m2 IBM-building into an imaginative multi-purpose office, work and events space for small enterprises and sole traders. New top floor restaurant Bureau is a creative addition used for lunch, dinner, private parties, fundraising and presentations, with many of its ingredients grown in an adjacent roof garden that also functions as an outdoor dining and socialising area.
The building’s original conversion included the installation of a Dante audio network throughout. Designed and installed by Harmen van 't Loo of systems integrator Motiondezign, the audio specification included a Yamaha CIS system in a ground floor meeting area, with several meeting rooms also equipped with CIS sound reinforcement systems.
Bureau includes an additional CIS audio system for background music, presentations and DJ sets. Controlled by a DCP4V4S surface-mounted panel, the four-zone system covers the dining area, an informal seated/club area, a private dining room and the washrooms. It includes 12 VXS8 loudspeakers to cover the main restaurant/club areas, eight VXS5 for the private dining room and four VXC5F ceiling units for the washrooms. T
UK - Manchester audio specialists tube uk delivered 10 audio systems to five high profile carnival floats plus five music / compere stages around the city centre for the City’s 2017 Manchester Day celebrations.
The event, commissioned by Manchester City Council and produced by Walk the Plank, celebrated the diversity, strong communities and unstoppable spirit of the city and its people, taking on additional significance less than a month after a terror attack in Manchester Arena killed 22 people.
The floats included a show-stopper featuring local hero, dance music producer and icon Graham Massey (808 State, etc.) and brass collective Mr Wilson's Second Liners.
A tube A-Team crew of nine led by Melvyn Coote smashed this project in one day, with six vans of sound kit buzzing around town preceded by some serious prep and pre-planning beforehand to ensure that everything ran like clockwork.
Four of the five floats used battery powered sound systems – for convenience and eco-friendliness, a practice that has been fine-tuned by tube, based around car batteries running with inverters. The challenges included managing the heat, especially as UK temperatures soared to 30 degrees as the country basked in the hottest weather for over 40 years!
The inverter gives approximately 1Kw / 4 amps of power so the sound systems have to be extremely carefully balanced between sufficient loudness and maximising the current to ensure elements like subs don’t zap all the power.
Three of the floats utilised four Tannoy V8 speakers and four compact d
Europe - After being absent from the stage for some years, Phil Collins returned with his recent Not Dead Yet Live tour which played London, Dublin, Cologne and Paris. (LSi has a full report from the Cologne concert in the August/September issue)
Patrick Woodroffe together with Roland Greil as the associate designer were responsible for the lighting design of this tour that Greil accompanied as programmer and lighting director using two grandMA2 full-size, one grandMA2 light and five MA NPU (Network Processing Unit).
Greil, from Woodroffe Bassett Design, commented: “The grandMA2 system has been a trusty companion for many shows in the past and therefore we chose it once again. As expected it performed flawlessly and assisted us in creating a versatile, elegant and powerful design that provided the best possible canvas for such an outstanding artist and band.
“The whole show was based on a very stylish and simple looking stage design by Misty Buckley with a dynamic lighting rig, LED screens which were part of the scenery plus a few scenic elements like an Austrian gauze, a silver curtain and a star cloth”, continued Greil.
“The range of looks involved in the production was diverse. Some songs were visually very theatrical, others were proper pop looks, and further down the set list, the show revealed some stronger classic rock’n’roll looks, plus some modern progressive looks. So the whole show encapsulated numerous different moods with nice transitions between them. For two songs we also use a ‘ballet’ of lights c
Austria - This year, the annual Vienna festival featured dual Allen & Heath dLive S Class systems at FOH to manage the grand opening ceremony, staged in Vienna’s main square and broadcast worldwide.
Hosted by Conchita, and accompanied by the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra, the event included performances from Viennese artists Lylit, MoZuluArt, Russkaja and Yasmo & die Klangkantine. Two Dante-enabled dLive systems, comprising a S7000 Surface, DM64 MixRack and 2 DX32 expander racks with a S5000, DM32 and 3 DX32 racks, were employed at FOH.
Doris Jaindl, sound manager of the festival, commented: “As we have almost 200 channels we split the channels between two dLive systems, so that scene changes went smoothly and two people could mix easily at FOH. Depending on the programme, the systems were in use separately or simultaneously. Most of the time, one of the engineers managed the bands and the other the orchestras. dLive is user friendly, and a pleasure to work with.”
Taking place over 5 weeks, the festival featured 44 artists from 28 countries in a diverse programme of music, dance, film and performance.
Turkey - Shure has supplied an array of AV systems, microphones, and automatic mixing hardware for Turkey’s Presidential Complex in Beştepe, in the Turkish capital Ankara. Supplied through Atempo, Shure's distributor in Turkey, the equipment included DCS simultaneous translation and conferencing systems, Microflex Wireless conferencing microphones, and Axient and ULX-D wireless microphone systems.
The Presidential Complex, or Cumhurbaşkanlığı Külliyesi in Turkish, incorporates the official residence of the republic’s President Erdoğan, assorted offices of state, a mosque, a public library, and a cultural centre. Atempo, also integrators on the construction project, submitted the Shure equipment as part of its tender to install the AV systems in two sizeable multi-purpose congress halls at the complex, containing 2,050 and 300 seats respectively, used for concerts, conferences, opera, and theatre. The tender also covered nine associated basement meeting rooms and foyer and public exhibition areas.
The 2,050-seat multi-purpose hall was fitted with a DCS 6000 digital conferencing, assistive hearing and translation system, providing sound reinforcement for speeches in the hall and also allowing up to 12 different languages to be simultaneously translated and relayed to any of the individual seats.
Axient wireless microphone systems with Spectrum Manager, full ShowLink remote control capabilities, and Wireless Workbench software were also supplied, along with handheld and lavalier mic units, headphones and supplementary ULX-D digital wireless
UK - Like the free-flowing blend of eclectic music that floated through the summer air at Worthy Farm, ChamSys consoles were impossible to miss at the 2017 edition of the Glastonbury Festival. From the Other Stage, where superstars performed, to the Silver Hayes WOW Stage, where LDs cooked up hot looks for EDM artists, ChamSys products were everywhere at the festival.
“We had some good things going on at Glastonbury this year,” said James Harrison, support manager at ChamSys, who along with software engineer James Crickmere and personality/support specialist Dan Coombs, represented the company at the five-day event. “There were a wide variety of our products at the festival, used in a wide range of different applications – and I’m pleased to report that everyone we spoke to was extremely happy with their performance.”
A MagicQ MQ500 Stadium served as the house console and was available to all touring LDs on the Other Stage, which was supplied by Neg Earth Lights. Another MQ500 served as the console on the Bloc 9 Genosys structure (supplied by Coloursound Experiment). Both were enthusiastically received by lighting designers and programmers. “Jason Hyne, LD for the Kaiser Chiefs, usually uses his own MQ80, but he worked with the MQ500 console on the Other Stage and was very happy,” said Harrison.
At the Park Stage, a MagicQ MQ500 Stadium, supplied by South West Group Events, excelled as the house console. “The two HD resolution multi touch displays on the MQ500 were great for setting up layouts,” said Steve “Mac” McCracken fro
USA - As a full-service, live event design and production provider, Goalen Group has produced projects all over the world for a broad spectrum of Fortune 500 clients.
At a recent supplier awards ceremony held by one of the world’s largest aerospace manufacturers, the design firm was asked to create an exciting production design inside the newly renovated The Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas. Being given the opportunity to produce in a state-of-the-art music venue, Goalen Group wanted to push their design to a higher place, so they created a truly unique overhead LED video design with FLEXLite Plus 3.9mm LED video from PixelFLEX.
“We specialize in the creative production of corporate events and have been a long-time supplier for this client at their annual senior leadership meetings and supplier awards ceremony,” began Matthew Goalen, vice President and technical director, Goalen Group. “When we found out that the supplier awards this year would be held at The Bomb Factory, we were very excited to be headed to a fantastic music venue that would give us expanded technical and rigging abilities. With the expanded rigging capabilities, we then decided to turn the design on its head a bit and create a unique, overhead LED video experience using 3.9mm FLEXLite Plus.
“In the past when designing corporate productions, projection was the way to go, but as the LED video technology has evolved in reliability, resolution and cost, it has become much more beneficial,” continued Goalen. “Understanding that LED technology is only going to continue to e
UK - This year saw the Greenpeace field take a leap into the future. With the theme of ‘forests’, the creative team ran wild designing structures visible from across the site.
The most noticeable element of the field consisted of a huge 18m tree constructed by Factory Settings. When combined with ON LX’s bespoke lighting solutions, punters could interact with the 40 Universes of WS2811 Pixels within the tree. This interaction, triggered by a plethora of Raspberry Pi setups, was crafted by Bailes+Light’s Barri Mason.
For this setup, GPIO inputs were utilised to allow OSC to trigger the system creating an effective way to communicate Greenpeace’s ideas through punters participating in the activity. This lead to people becoming more engaged with the campaign and influenced to consider future behaviour.
In this case, linking hands around the ‘Giant Rave Tree’ completed a circuit causing caused two sensors to trigger large LED Mapped chases showing punters how working together could achieve things that may seem impossible alone.
Bailes & Light took care of architectural, aesthetic and functional fittings, masterminded by Ben Bailes. Whilst ON LX provided all control, infrastructure, programming and operation of entertainment lighting.
RDM via an Enttec USB Pro allowed addressing of the 51 SGM fixtures from the ground, significantly reducing the time required for rigging.
Alongside the big looks created for the DJ Sets and ambient sessions sat an extensive time-coded light show. Titled the Four Seasons Show, the
Italy - Nine Litec roof systems ranging from 10 x 8m to 27 x 13m were chosen by Live You Play for their event during the MIR (Music Inside Rimini) exhibition in Fiera Di Rimini, Italy. Seven roofs were provided by AMG International, one roof by Electra Service di Buttarelli R. & C and the largest 27 x 13m MyT Folding Steroid Roof by Massimo Stage.
Live You Play is a concept where lighting, sound, video, rigging equipment and other entertainment technology manufacturers showcase their products with virtual and live shows on physical stages and roof systems. Visitors are then able to experience a full “hands-on” experience with the products, physically controlling and interacting with them. The bands performing at this year’s live events were Pop Deluxe, Roxy Bar and J Bees.
Litec has been the main support structure manufacturer for Live You Play events since the launch of their unique concept in 2014. Gianni Fantini, CEO of Live You Play commented: “I’ve collaborated with Litec for 20 years as CEO of the Italian production rental company Joint Rent and three years as CEO of Live You Play. Litec has always been ready to satisfy our needs with the technology and know-how necessary for providing safe and strong structures.”
The nine support structures chosen by Live You Play for this year’s event included five RL105A roof systems, three Libera FL76 roof systems, and the new MyT Folding Steroid roof system.
The RL105A is a strong and sturdy roof system that makes use of rectangular, anti-torsion, high load RL105A truss and Maxit
USA - When an event space owner and esteemed car collector in Pottsville, Pennsylvania decided to model a cavernous 4,000sq.ft room after a vintage drive-in movie theatre, he knew that top notch technology would be necessary to truly create the coveted 1950’s experience. That’s why he called on local technology integrator Tom Walker of the CI Guys to turn his vision into a reality with a custom-built entertainment system anchored by ELAN control.
“First and foremost, a reliable control system is the most important factor when designing a unique and complex system such as this,” Walker explained. “It’s imperative that the technology is responsive and accessible during private events. That’s why we installed a central ELAN system to control both the sophisticated theatre and multi-room audio system.
“ELAN also controls the entire building’s Lutron lighting, Aprilaire thermostats, Elk Security system as well as Axis and Toshiba security cameras. Now, through both one-touch access and automated scenes, all of the event space’s technology is instantly manageable.”
To serve as the basis of the system, Walker installed one ELAN gSC10 System Controller, accessible through 14 strategically placed ELAN touch panels and two ELAN handheld remotes. Additionally, Walker used three ELAN S1616A audio controllers to control the space’s extensive multi-zone audio system. “With reliable control in place, we can employ the most cutting-edge entertainment technology available today and turn what was once a garage into an indoor drive-in movie
UK - From its humble beginnings in 1970, the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts has championed performance diversity in all its shapes and forms. The Circus Big Top and the Wow! stages are two examples which perhaps best encapsulate this tradition of diversity at Glastonbury.
While both stages featured very different forms of entertainment, both had a consistently excellent visual palette thanks once again to Fineline Lighting and rigs that featured Chauvet Professional fixtures. Rob Sangwell, MD, specified a large selection of Maverick MK2 Wash, Maverick MK1 Spot, Maverick MK1 Hybrid, Rogue R2 Beam, and Rogue R2 Wash fixtures from Chauvet Professional across both stages.
At the 1,500 capacity Circus Big Top stage, LD James Loudon specified 10 440W Maverick MK2 Spot fixtures to create stunning spot effects in support of the varied programme of circus acrobatic performances. “We needed a versatile spot fixture that would intensify and draw attention to the circus performances and acrobatics on stage,” said Sangwell. “The Maverick Spots weren’t just bright, they also gave us plenty of options in terms of colour, gobo effects and zoom.”
As several sides of the Circus Big Top tent were exposed to sunlight during the day, a critical consideration for Sangwell when specifying spot fixtures was brightness. “One of the obvious factors we had to contend with was daylight creeping in and destroying the show atmosphere,” continued Sangwell. “The brightness of the Maverick Spot fixtures ensured that the circus atmosphere was up
UK - Holo-Gauze has been instrumental in helping Realtime Environmental Systems (RES) and creative director Liam Tomaszewski to realise superstar DJ Eric Prydz’s holographically-enhanced performance for his EPIC 5.0 show, debuting at London’s Victoria Park in front of an audience of 15,000 in late May.
Projected onto a huge, highly transparent and reflective 20m x 9m Holo-Gauze screen, mind-bending animations – including a giant astronaut – created the “biggest hologram in the world”, according to Prydz. Four Panasonic RZ31K 30,000 lumen laser projectors were merged together, beaming a single image of creative director and VJ Liam Tomaszewski’s optical illusions onto the Holo-Gauze screen, which was positioned in front of Prydz.
In addition to the Holo-Gauze screen, a huge V-shaped 2304 x 576 pixel LED display was positioned on the back wall of the stage, with a second V-shaped display (the ‘Vanish’) forming an animation-rich cube around Prydz. Pixels on the front display were designed to allow the audience to see Prydz through the animations when he was lit.
“I was absolutely delighted when RES again asked us to help with Eric’s latest EPIC show,” says Holo-Gauze inventor and Holotronica owner/CEO Stuart Warren-Hill. “Holo-Gauze is ideal for live events such as this, allowing live performers to be situated behind our near-invisible gauze while visually stunning holographic effects appear to float in front of them. Holo-Gauze makes the seemingly impossible possible.”
Europe - When a band like Kiss takes to the road on a European tour, they demand an aesthetic extravaganza which delivers the ‘wow factor’ on an epic scale. PRG XL Video supported lighting designer Sean ‘Motley’ Hackett and the band with a complex video system, made up of LED screens, projection, HD camera system, media servers, and a crew of engineers and technicians to ensure everything ran smoothly for the 37 days the tour was on the road.
Motley’s an established lighting designer who has worked with Kiss since 2007, as well as other acts including INXS, Andrea Bocelli, Savage Garden and has worked for Bytecraft/PRG Australia as crew chief and fill-in LD on many tours. Motley described the process behind designing the lighting and video rig for the current tour: “The main element of any Kiss show is that it has to be big. The brief from the band was that they wanted this tour to be big, with lots of video in the air.
“The basic layout of the screens evolved from what we did during a nine-night residency in Las Vegas back in November 2014, where we had four fingers of video screens coming out over the stage. During the initial discussions, we thought it would be great to break it up and spread it all over the stage—creating lots of little video walls with lighting trusses in-between them.”
Steven Lemahieu, affectionately known on the crew as Waffle, due to his Belgian heritage, worked as LED crew chief on the tour: “The Kiss tour uses a very complex video set-up, with lots of playback surfaces. We have two different types of LE