China - Hong Kong-based Cosmo Pro AV partnered with AV Stumpfl to deliver a media server solution for Ocean Park’s new theatre, the Applause Pavilion.
Ocean Park, Hong Kong’s most impressive theme park, merges education with entertainment. With 44 rides and 7.7m visitors on average annually who come from all over the world to see its attractions, the park first deployed AV Stumpfl’s systems in 2016 for its Cyber Illusion Show, when it rented the Wings Stage Engine and RAW Engine from Cosmo Pro AV. Such was its success that Ocean Park decided to invest beyond renting and instructed Cosmo Pro AV to design a comprehensive, permanent video system using AV Stumpfl technology for its Applause Pavilion.
Jason Yeung, sales engineer at Cosmo Pro AV, who project managed the installation from start to finish and trained the staff, explores Ocean Park’s special requirements: “They needed a powerful and stable media server system that had up to four DVI outputs, in addition to live input, both 3G-SDI and SDI. AV Stumpfl’s Wings Engine Stage was simply the perfect solution.”
The Wings Engine Stage is a technologically advanced media server featuring a solid hardware platform, automatic camera based soft edge and warping calibration, as well as DVI/3G-SDI Live inputs. Harry Gladow, global business development manager at AV Stumpfl, comments: “Whether as part of live events, corporate presentations or themed installations, the wide-ranging feature set combines hardware reliability with software flexibility - perfect for the kind of enviro
USA - When singer-songwriter Cole Swindell announced plans for his 2018 headlining tour, it was easily his largest to date. Swindell has continued to grow both as an artist and as a touring phenomenon. Looking to now build a high-energy, yet intimate storytelling experience for his first arena headlining tour, Swindell’s production team once again teamed up with the Nashville-based production provider Elite Multimedia for lighting, LED video, and live IMAG video support.
“We have done headlining tours before, but nothing on this scale with our own opening acts for an extended arena tour run,” began production designer James ‘Mo’ Butts. “As an artist, Cole will give us broad stroke ideas, but then will leave a lot of the technical aspects up to us to sculpt into the final design. Going into this tour design, we really wanted to showcase Cole’s evolution as an artist, from playing cover songs at a college bar at Georgia Southern University, to headlining in arena’s, so we knew video would be a key element in helping us tell the story.”
Aptly named the Reason to Drink, the design would serve as the backbone of the rig and would accommodate support acts Chris Janson and Lauren Alaina. As the headlining artist, Swindell now had the full stage all to himself.
“Cole really likes video, but in our production, we don’t use side screens,” explained Butts. “To do this successfully, we strategically deploy the IMAG using seven different cameras, and then work with our video content creator Andy Reuter, who is excellent at what
UK - Edinburgh based lighting, sound and AV company, Black Light, continues its relationship with ETC by acquiring 26 High End Systems SolaFrame 750s to their already impressive hire stock.
Calder Sibbald, head of hire & production at Black Light says: “Black Light has been looking for the next addition to our ever expanding moving light stock and eager to see what High End Systems could bring to our strong relationship with ETC. We were blown away with the demo from Jeremy Roberts from ETC, with its high output, smooth operation and excellent price point - it was the perfect unit for us to add to our fleet of moving light.”
The SolaFrame 750s are the smallest and newest LED framing fixture in the Sola Series family of automated tools. Designed for use in small to medium sized venues, the SolaFrame 750 features a compact footprint but with a massive feature set. Features include; 11,300lm output, 6° - 50° zoom, on board lense defogging, rotating gobo wheel plus fully continuous animation and much, much more. The SolaFrame 750 provides the largest arrangement of effects currently available in a fixture of its size.
Since Black Light acquired them, the new fixtures have already been hard at work touring across Scotland with both the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s production of Spring Awakening and Grid Iron Theatre Company’s production of Bingo.
Grant Anderson, lighting designer for Spring Awakening comments: “The SolaFrame 750 was chosen as the backlight workhorse as it’s a compact unit with great sat
Greece - CinemaNext recently deployed a complete Martin by Harman LED wall lighting solution in its first Sphera theatre installation at Village Cinemas.
CinemaNext recently debuted its new premium format Sphera theatre concept at Village Cinemas in the Mall of Athens. Combining the latest in projection, audio and lighting technologies, the Sphera theatre at Village Cinemas includes an 82ft wide wall-to-wall screen, 669 luxury seats, 4K digital video projectors and a high-quality Dolby Atmos surround sound system. To provide an innovative movie going experience, CinemaNext decided to incorporate Martin VDO Sceptron LED video fixtures to create a dynamic lighting system that complements the visuals on the screen.
“Our goal was to offer a more enthralling experience by including an immersive multi-dimensional lighting effect,” says Jérôme Michel, business development manager, CinemaNext. “We wanted to be able to create different moods and ambiences that react to the visuals on screen in real time. We’ve had great success with HARMAN solutions in the past, and the VDO Sceptrons were no exception. The fixtures were super easy to configure using the Martin P3-200 controller - it was the perfect solution to accomplish our goals.”
The lighting system is comprised of 160 Martin VDO Sceptron 20 (1000mm) and 30 VDO Sceptron 20 (320mm) fixtures deployed in vertical columns on the left and right theater walls. In order to keep the light from spilling onto the massive screen, CinemaNext outfitted the VDO Sceptron fixtures with asymmetric wall-washin
Indonesia - Djakarta Warehouse Project (DWP) began in 2008 as a dance club event by entertainment company Ismaya Live. A hit from the start, the event moved to the Djakarta International Expo (JIExpo) in 2014 and has blossomed, with Clair Brothers as a key ingredient, into an all-out festival that spans two days. In 2015, DWP was crowned 'The Best EDM Festival of 2015' by EDM Sauce. Today, DWP is Asia’s second largest two-day dance music festival, boasting more than 90,000 attendees in 2016, with an estimated 20,000 travellers from 39 different countries each year.
It was the move to the JIExpo outdoor stage area that i made clear the need for a sound system that could handle such a large space. Clair Brothers was the first choice of the production company - Live Production Indonesia, based on its partnership since 2012 with Clair Brothers’ rental partner Total Audio.
Says Houwdy Boenadi, managing partner of Live Production Indonesia, says: “I first experienced Clair Brothers speakers in 2012 and was immediately impressed. Since then I’ve come to the conclusion that there is no match for Clair Brothers signature sound, especially in a space this big. The audience area alone is 390 meters long by 100 meters wide. It’s a lot of space to cover.”
The resulting sound system consists of Clair Brothers 78x i218-LT/i218-M, 68x iS218-M, 12x i212-M, 16x CS218-M, 4x R2D-M and 8x 12AM speakers. The FOH consoles employed for the festival were the Midas Pro6 and the Avid Profile; with the monitor console an Avid Profile.
“Because this is our
Sweden - Niklas Pohlman is a freelance lighting designer based in Sweden’s two largest cities, Stockholm and Gothenburg. He focuses on lighting artworks and fine art installations.
Recently, he specified Anolis ArcSource 4 MCs LED fixtures to illuminate Do You Go Here Often?, three striking pillars wrapped with a bronze fabric effect created by sculptor Yvonne Thornqvist outside the Göteborgs Stadsbibliotek (Gothenburg City Library).
The bronze treatment is actually a wrap of the pavement-to-first floor level sections of three concrete structural pillars running through the front of the building, which is one of the busiest public facilities in the city. Fulfilling many roles, the library is a hub for literary vibrancy and learning, a meeting place and a lively community and social space.
The work was commissioned by HIGAB a community-based provider of public buildings like libraries and schools.
The columns have a paint finish which is unusual for bronze, and because they are in the shadows of the first floor overhang above the entranceway, the artist was particularly keen that they were lit and therefore able to be enjoyed and appreciated after dark.
Each pillar is highlighted with five ArcSource 4MC units which are concealed in the false roof void immediately above, which has been added to stop birds congregating.
Originally, the installation didn’t involve lighting, but it was added when it became apparent that this would trigger a whole new dimension to the work. It was Niklas’s idea to add the kinetic movement.<
UK - The record-breaking production of Shrek the Musical has exploded back onto the stage this year on a second UK & Ireland tour and Hawthorn has joined the adventure.
With lighting equipment supplied to meet the design of leading lighting designer Hugh Vanstone, Hawthorn invested in Martin MAC Viper Performances and MAC Aura XB fixtures to meet the requirements of the Shrek tour and many others, expanding its lighting inventory as part of its ongoing programme of investment in new equipment.
The rig was further made up of MAC Viper Wash DXs and ETC LUSTR2 Profiles. Utilising Chroma-Q Color Force 72 Battens, Hawthorn offered an updated Cyc lighting solution, removing the need of the older, heavy ETC Par battens. Hawthorn also supplied smoke effects and two Robert Juliat Cyrano Followspots to complete the design. All this was controlled off a GrandaMA2 network.
Hugh Vanstone comments: “Going to Hawthorn allowed me to use all the latest equipment which in the end resulted in a better, brighter show! The equipment was all in great condition which is especially important to me as a designer when you have a very limited time to tech and light the show.
“Shrek, unsurprisingly, has a very green set which is very difficult to light in some (non-green) scenes. Being able to move away from the scrollers I previously used was great because now it’s much easier to get from one colour to another without ghastly colour clashes.”
In preparation for the tour, Hawthorn welcomed senior production electrician, Fraser Hall and hi
Singapore - The Lo & Behold Group owns and operates two OverEasy American-style diners in Singapore overlooking the Marina Bay skyline. To improve the overall sound experience for OverEasy patrons, and a permanent solution for outdoor space events, the Lo & Behold Group commissioned Electronics & Engineering Pte Ltd to design and install a new audio system for the One Fullerton Road venue.
In addition to a substantial upgrade in audio quality, the owners wanted better zoning and greater level control within each of the zones. The permanent outdoor part of the system also required loudspeakers that could handle all weather conditions, particularly torrential rain and high humidity.
Case Woo of Electronics & Engineering Pte Ltd was the audio consultant for the project, tasked to meet the varied requirements for indoors and outdoors with good aesthetics and sonic capability. To meet all of the requirements, he chose compact Community loudspeakers that not only delivered the performance, but are also unequaled for reliability in all-weather environments.
For the high-table dining side of the outdoor deck, Case Woo chose Community W Series W2-228 8-inch premium performance quasi three-way loudspeakers, with four W2-218 8-inch two-way units providing lower volume fill for the low-table family dining side. Two XLR-input panels are strategically positioned to allow for the addition of a subwoofer on featured DJ nights.
The indoor dining room, which includes low and high lounge dining areas, utilizes seven Community D Series DS8 8-inc
USA - As the newly launched d&b Soundscape system continues its worldwide rollout, it is finding itself in all kinds of creative and inspirational company. One such liaison is with Berlin-based experimental electronic pop outfit, Mouse on Mars.
The creative duo behind Mouse on Mars - life-long friends Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma - seized upon the potential of d&b Soundscape as the tool with which to demonstrate the complex, layered aural dimensions of their multi-collaborative new album, Dimensional People.
The album launch event, presented with the aid of percussion-playing robots, took place during a conference presented by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) called Dissolve Music.
For Mouse on Mars, it was the ideal environment in which to showcase the special ‘spatial mix’ of their new album, through d&b Soundscape. “In this album the material, from many musicians and collaborators, was so dense, with so many elements, that we didn’t want to reduce it to a stereo mix,” explains St. Werner. “So the idea of making a ‘spatial mix’ came up, and of course we took the opportunity.”
Says Toma, “We have always tried to mix our music as if it were a spatial experience – with sounds coming and going, as if the music is surrounding you. Soundscape, as a spatial technology, actually makes that possible, the tool becomes an additional instrument.”
St. Werner adds, “With Soundscape, you are not limited to that stereo perspective any more – you can actually walk around in the sou
USA - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) is out on the road with a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites. The British electronic music band, comprised of Andy McCluskey, Paul Humphreys, Martin Cooper and Stuart Kershaw, has been a staple in the synthpop scene even nearly 40 years after their debut performance in Liverpool.
With 13 albums under their belts including the most recent release, The Punishment of Luxury, the OMD (so named to refute any potential punk band assumptions) has offered their insight on society ranging from the relationship of man and machine to a commentary on modernism. And with a decidedly contemporary sound, it is only fitting the lighting complement the music while keeping focus on the band.
Bandit Lites supplied Showline Nitro 510C LED Strobes, Elation Paladin Strobes and Clay Paky Sharpys for the tour where lighting designer Andrew Liddle handles all lighting advances and Paul Bird acts as the board operator.
“We were approached by an old friend Ryan Westbrook, the band’s tour manager, and he introduced me to his lighting team consisting of Andrew Liddle and Paul Bird,” said Bandit’s vice president, Mike Golden. “Working with all three of these gentlemen has been a refreshing pleasure and I very sincerely hope we continue working with the entire entourage for many years.”
USA - 2018’s Monster Energy Outbreak Tour is on the road with DJ Kayzo headlining and a full complement of new Elation Professional lighting fixtures hyping the rhythms of one of dance music’s newest and most sought after EDM DJ’s.
Outbreak tours showcase emerging artists on their breakout tours and are an opportunity for young talent to get exposure. After DJ Kayzo released his debut album Overload on 19 January, he hit the road on the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour, his first national tour. Production includes a light show from Pin Point Lighting featuring some of Elation Professional’s newest luminaires - DARTZ 360 LED beam/spot fixtures, Paladin hybrid LED lights and Chorus Line 16 LED pixel bar wash luminaires.
Production specialists Pin Point Lighting of Philadelphia provided the lighting rig and design for the show. “The artist wanted a big looking show with lots of flexibility and the Elation gear gave us that,” says Pin Point Lighting owner and lead designer John Duncan. “The DARTZ filled the need for a small LED source beam, the Paladins as a large static wash light and effect light, and the Chorus Line for a tilting zoomable batten fixture. All of these fixture types we see on riders that come across our desk.”
Working in between the DARTZ fixtures and mounted in each of the four 10’ truss towers are Paladin hybrids, LED luminaires that can function as a bright blinder, powerful strobe or high-output wash light. Duncan uses them for big audience blinds and strobing and uses the fixture’s zoom to go
UK - Over 700 international television buyers from across the globe recently headed to ACC Liverpool for BBC Worldwide Showcase, the world’s largest international television market hosted by a single distributor. Taking place on 18-21 February, the event brought together producers, talent and BBC executives as well as Britain’s most successful creatives. For the 12th year running, creative technical event production expert Hawthorn supported BBC Worldwide to showcase its premium programmes, delivering two hotly-anticipated evening events.
Putting premium British content right at the centre of the global stage, the evening events showcased the best of BBC talent and creativity to an audience of TV executives and producers.
Led by the BBC Worldwide team, Hawthorn’s group creative director Peter Harding helped to produce and deliver the production design for the two evenings.
Giving a first look at the broadcaster’s latest natural history programmes Dynasty and Serengeti, an immersive drinks reception welcomed guests for the first evening. Featuring a life-size acacia tree, the Hawthorn team used a complementary lighting design and mesmeric soundscape to transport guests to the plains of Africa, whilst projection and LED screens showed content from the new shows.
In celebration of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the moon landing, guests were then treated to an ‘out-of-this-world dining experience’. Hawthorn created a projection-mapped planet that formed the focal point of the extraordinary evening.
Finland - A Genelec sound system has recently been installed at the Universal Music offices in Helsinki, delivering quality sound to the entire office space.
Universal’s two-floor office is located in the Merikortteli building in the trendy Punavuori area of Helsinki. Previously a vast 28,000m² industrial building, Merikortteli has now largely been converted to a host of sophisticated office spaces.
When Universal moved in in 2010, they called upon the services of interior designer, Eliisa Korpijärvi, to transform the dark and dingy factory area into a cosy, yet modern, office, with a light colour palette. The open plan space houses more than 20 employees, with two separate offices and meeting rooms, as well as a kitchen and living area. Whilst the renovated space retains its clean, modern feel, the same could no longer be said of the loudspeaker system which was starting to fall below the high standards required by Universal. The organisation turned to Heikki Konttinen of AV installation company, Attime Oy, to provide a system more in keeping with Universal’s expectations.
As per the specification provided by Universal, Konttinen installed a distributed audio system comprising a total of 20 wall-mounted Genelec 4030B loudspeakers throughout the first and second floor spaces, delivering a precise, neutral listening experience across the entire premises. Several compact SAMTM studio monitors with Genelec’s patented Smart Active Monitoring have also been installed in certain areas dedicated to critical listening.
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China - Star Events’ technology and inspiration was on the menu at a lunch for major promoters, production suppliers and principal venues in Shanghai recently.
Hosted by Shanghai Mercedes-Benz Arena, China’s second busiest music venue, the event focused on the launch of the China PROM (Production Rigging Operations Manual) and the arena’s new house reduction solution, designed and installed by Star Events China, which was demonstrated to the lunch guests.
Conceived by Star Events China, with input from engineers, local and international experts, rigging publications and the arena architect, PROM is the first rigging safety manual of its type in China.
Built in 2010 for Shanghai World Expo, the Mercedes-Benz Arena has an extensive gallery level serving its sports commitments, which include NBA and NFL games. A roller blind mechanism, designed to screen the section off and provide for a more intimate event experience downstairs, put 100 tons in the roof and fell far short of the requirements.
Star Events’ semi-automated house reduction system was officially handed over after the demonstration. It can deploy nearly 5,000sq.m of Acre Jean AFR drapes in minutes without any Work at Height in the 34m high venue.
Jo Xie, operations director for Star Events China, comments: “The system is operated by the house technical crew. It’s reliable, demountable and weighs less than 10 tons rather than 100 tons, so leaves much more rigging capacity in the roof.”
UK - Bristol-based lighting and video rental specialist Fineline was the LED screen supplier for the 2018 Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) shows at the Royal Albert Hall, which has seen another series of show-stopping performances and collaborations which help raise awareness and funds for the charity.
This year’s line-up included Kasabian, The Courteeners, Def Leppard, Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue from UB40 who appeared as a trio, Nile Rogers and Chic, comedy from Russell Howard as well as The Who’s Roger Daltry, who has been instrumental in driving the annual RAH concert week since it started in 2000. This year he curated an evening of special guests including Muse frontman Matt Bellamy leading a super group including Graham Coxon who performed some of the Beatles’ greatest hits.
Says Fineline’s Rob Sangwell, “It has been a fantastic experience all round being part of these incredible shows. The atmosphere has been very inspirational! TCT is a great cause and the organisation is dedicated to providing a top-quality production and an equally impressive array of talent and entertainment for everyone to enjoy.”
Fineline supplied 153 panels of their Martin VDO Face 5, a 5.2mm pitch LED screen surface which was configured throughout the week as a flown upstage surface measuring 8.5m wide with a drop of 5.1m.
It was used to deliver the crucially important Teenage Cancer Trust films and messages as well as by all the artists who played.
Fineline was asked to supply the screen as part of Harman Professional Solutions’ decisi
UK - The recent unveiling of the first statue created to honour the life and work of David Bowie attracted worldwide media attention and crowds of fans flocked to the event.
The bronze statue, entitled Earthly Messenger can be found in Aylesbury’s Market Square, the town where he first performed Ziggy Stardust in 1972, and is not just one statue. It’s a compilation of his very varied personas, from his Ziggy days in the 1970s, through a suited Bowie in the 80s and 90s to a more formal look in his later years.
Overlooking the many faceted statue are two Bose 802 Series IV speakers which deliver a random selection of Bowie hits on the hour, every hour between 9am and 9pm seven days a week, and marking the contribution the singer made to UK popular culture.
The speakers were installed by Bose pro partner, Adam Florio of AV Systems, who realised that the Bose 802s would be suitable for the project after learning that the original 802s were first launched in the same year as Bowie debuted Ziggy Stardust.
A successful crowdfunding campaign was instigated by Aylesbury resident, David Stopps, who also ran The Friars music venue when David Bowie played there in 1972. The campaign culminated in the creation of the statue, and there were several 1980s artists on hand to reveal the bronze image of the rock god last weekend, including Marillion’s Steve Rothery, and singer/songwriter Howard Jones. Earthly Messenger sculptor, Andrew Sinclair, was also at the unveiling to provide a commentary on how he approached the work.
Estonia - Built in the 14th century, the unusually shaped Hobuveski building in Tallinn, Estonia, originally served as a mill and was later used for storage. In 2003, the circular structure was converted into a theatre and events venue and has since become recognised as one of the most extraordinary theatres in Europe. A recent refurbishment saw the installation of modern technology, including a Gio @5 console, ColorSource luminaires and Sensor3 power control from ETC.
Until recently, the 140-seat venue relied on makeshift solutions for performances. With no real infrastructure, changing from one production to another involved building a new, temporary lighting and sound system, almost every time. In 2017, the Hobuveski received the investment and permission it needed to proceed with a major refurbishment. The revamp included a much-longed-for permanent installation of lighting and audio equipment.
The renovations were undertaken as part of a Green Theatre Programme and were designed to meet the latest energy efficiency guidelines. Unsurprisingly, emphasis was placed on LED lighting. The package selected comprised around 95 per cent LED luminaires, including 12 ColorSource Spot fixtures from ETC. Although dimmers were not required for the LED solution, the venue personnel were keen to retain the option of using tungsten fixtures for some productions. This led to the addition of an ETC Sensor3 power control system, with ThruPower modules, capable of accommodating all loads – tungsten, LEDs, arc-source movers, and the unknown.
“The decision to us
UK - The curtain goes up at Pleasance Theatre’s third London theatre space next month, 80-seat temporary structure Downstairs.
Launched at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017 as ‘Beside’, and due back there in August, Downstairs is the first major UK application for Triple E’s large-scale Meccano-style ModTruss and will be in Islington for 10 months of the year.
A versatile space, which provides for rehearsals during the day and performance in the evening, the theatre consists of 6” and 12” ModTruss with sleeve blocks running up the masts to raise the theatre grid and roof in one piece via electric chain hoists.
In London, Downstairs has a new capacity and layout for its focus on longer-run text-based theatre. It will present both transfers and premieres from the most exciting emerging and mid-career companies and playwrights.
Anthony Alderson, director of the Pleasance, comments: “I am delighted to be opening London’s newest theatre and rehearsal room, a fully flexible studio space. Pleasance London is growing from strength to strength and I am thrilled to be working with such a talented group of people. Since opening 22 years ago, the Pleasance in London has been at the centre of developing bright ideas and nurturing new talent. Our newest space will undoubtedly become a valuable a part of London’s theatre network. “
Downstairs opens this month with a season that welcomes four new productions including a transfer of the critically acclaimed Bismillah! by Matthew Greenhough and world premiere of Bingo by award-w
Abu Dhabi - Protec helped deliver the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics IX MENA Games 2018.
It opened in Abu Dhabi on Saturday 17 March. After taking a tour of the city, hitting some famous landmarks along the way, the Olympic torch finally arrived at ADNEC to the applause of the waiting 2000 spectators. Once the ‘Flame of Hope’ cauldron was lit, the show began.
A video entitled Welcome to my City was played and more than 1,000 Special Olympics athletes from 32 different countries entered the arena in a colourful parade.
Protec provided lighting, audio and video as well as some rigging for the show in ADNEC. HQ Worldwide provided their own lighting design and the video content. Project manager, Simon Travis reports, “Due to the openness of the venue, scaffold towers were erected around the grandstand area. For the three big ones on the open side near the road we used our total fabrications EHD truss to span across so we could hang our lights. Underneath the grandstand five more little scaffold towers were placed so we could use our smaller truss and hang fixtures around the area.
“We had four follow spots towards the backend of the arena to pick up speakers and performances. We used 16 Super Sharpies on top of the set to create a nice beam effect up top. On the floor on either side of the stage, we used 4 Super Sharpies, our new Robe Pointes and Robe Spikies. Underneath the set, which was used as the stage entrance, we used 12 more Robe Spikies for more beam effects. Along the edges of the stage we used a total of 56 Cla
Sweden - Mårtensson Bil (auto) wanted a creative and cool visual and sonic solution to set apart their new Dodge Pickup showroom at their HQ in Helsingborg, Sweden.
The Peugeot dealer which is independently owned by Johannes Mårtensson contacted locally based AV specialist Fremlab and asked Björn Nilsson to propose some ideas. Sound specialist Björn contacted lighting designer Björn Arnason, also a technical sales specialist from Swedish distribution company Bellalite. The two often work as a team and have toured together in the past. In fact, they are quite a ‘double-act’ as well as making a well-balanced creative and technical team. Together they proposed a solution that embraced the stark industrial aesthetic that Johannes had in mind.
Björn Arnason’s lighting design incorporates 42 x Robe PARFect S1s which he chose because they were “perfect” for the application. They are installed on a series of trusses in the roof.
The shed style showroom - at the back of the main car display area - has a corrugated metal finish and is painted black - mean and lean to encapsulate the famous toughness and spirit of the iconic Dodge Ram pickup truck.
“Apart from setting the tone, to deal with the harsh, black background, I needed a luminaire that would make the cars and trucks literally pop out of their surroundings,” stated Björn A, explaining his PARfect pick.
PARFect S1s have also enjoyed a few other automotive successes including the lighting of two car podium spaces for Volvo in the arrivals and departures sections of Land
USA - Jimmy Davidson, the owner of Wiggly Lights started designing shows for bull-rider-turned-country-musician Cody Johnson. Things were lean at first, but Johnson’s career took off like a rocket with a string of Top Ten Billboard hits and sold out arena dates. Now, Davidson (who still works for Cody Johnson) has begun designing for another rising East Texas country star, Koe Wetzel.
On 28 February, Davidson created an intense lightshow for his new client. Unlike Johnson’s concerts, which take place at larger venues, the Koe Wetzel shows happen at smaller, but packed music halls. Size of the venue notwithstanding though, Davidson is delivering big-time excitement, running a non-stop lighting panorama with his new ChamSys MagicQ MQ500 Stadium.
“The first show I did for Koe was my third time out with my MQ500,” said Davidson. “I had been reading about this console and hearing about it. As my shows for Cody Johnson became more elaborate, I wanted a console that was capable of running more without external processing nodes. The MQ500 fits the bill very well.”
Davidson’s floor package for Koe Wetzel’s shows is built around eight Rogue R2 Wash and four COLORdash Batten-Quad 12 fixtures from Chauvet Professional, as well as eight Intimidator Wash Zoom 450 IRC, two Intimidator Beam 355 IRC and two COLORband PiX USB units from CHAUVET DJ.
“Our goal is to create a really bright wall of colour around the band, accented with pixel mapping,” said Davidson. “We also focus on hitting the audience with some intense light, since that
UK - Version 2 Lights supported LD Oli Richards with the return of The Generation Game, the classic game show which was originally hosted by Sir Bruce Forsyth, and later by Larry Grayson and Jim Davidson.
Recorded at BBC Elstree Studio D, the show returned for 2018, this time presented by Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins. The first episode of the returning format was broadcast on Easter Sunday evening on BBC One.
Reinventing a classic for 2018 was set designer Patrick Doherty who brought a fresh and vibrant feel to the studio. The set compromised of screen technology from Creative Technology which was fed by media servers from the lighting team. Scenic LED supplied by Light Initiative further enhanced the mood of the set, with scenic rigging being handled by DLM Events.
Richards’ design complimented the set, with multiple lamps contouring the shapely outline of Doherty’s header pieces. Martin MAC Aura Wash XB were extensively deployed for their general wash capabilities as the main fixture of choice.
In total, Version 2 supplied in excess of 114 moving lights to this prime-time production. The lighting team included moving light and media server operator Seb Williams and generic operator Alex Pocock with Steve Elliot acting as vision supervisor. The lighting crew was headed up by crew chief Paul Evans working alongside BBC gaffer Paul Mcloughlin.
Commenting on the show, managing director at Version 2, Nick Edwards says: “Bringing a much-loved classic back to the BBC can be a huge responsibility. Oli and the whole production t
USA - Every evening, a half hour before the curtain went up on ONCE during its January to March run at the John W. Engeman Theatre in Northport NY, the audience was welcome to step on stage for drinks at the “bar” that’s at the centre of this Tony Award-winning musical. That was only the beginning of the immersive experience that awaited them. With an enchanting, impressionistic set and actors who not only sang, but also played musical instruments on stage, the show invited theatre goers to set aside their normal expectations of a musical and embark on an engaging journey.
Critical to creating this captivating imagery was a richly coloured and subtly textured lighting design by Cory Pattak that featured Chauvet Professional Ovation E-910FC and Rogue R2 Wash fixtures from the theatre’s house rig. The New York City-based designer drew on the output and colour rendering capabilities of these fixtures to raise the profile of lighting over what it was in the original production of ONCE, which is set in a Dublin pub and tells the tale of an unrequited love involving two musicians.
“Trey Compton, the director, and I had long conversations about the role lighting would play in this,” said Pattak. “In the show’s original lighting design, for which Natasha Katz won a well-deserved Tony Award (one of eight earned by ONCE), the lighting was often very subtle. Aside from some colour in the background and scenery, the scenes generally lived in a warm or cool white world and the cueing was not overly noticeable, except when it wante
Europe - Alt-rock outfit Paramore is amidst a whirlwind of a world tour supporting their latest release, After Laughter. For the third and fourth of five major tour legs, which saw them moving from outdoor festivals and amphitheatres to major arenas in Europe and Australia, the band selected an Adamson E-Series and S-Series audio system supplied by Eighth Day Sound Systems.
The lengthy run began in Dublin, Ireland in June 2017, hitting a wide range of venues across multiple continents. Regardless of where they’re playing, though, Paramore aims to deliver a high-energy, high-impact show for a ravenous fan base every time they hit the stage, and precise, pristine, and powerful sound is critical to that mission.
“Paramore is very much a vocal- and guitar-driven band, and the Adamson system’s low-mid performance and intelligibility made it easy to bring those elements forward in the mix while also reproducing some of the best drums I’ve ever heard live,” comments Ben Smith of Eighth Day, the tour’s FOH systems tech, on why Adamson was the chosen solution.
The typical configuration included main left-right hangs comprised of 15 E15 three-way, true line source enclosures and 3 E12 three-way, full range cabinets per side. The side-hangs were just slightly smaller, with 12 E15s atop 3 E12s per side. A complement of Adamson’s compact S10 two-way, full-range boxes handled front-fill.
“The E-Series was exactly what we needed for this run,” says Will Markwell, the band’s FOH engineer. “Having this kind of power available is c