The Netherlands - The Aus Berlin techno festival set the night on fire at Spoorzone Tilburg, Holland, enhancing the post-industrial scenarios of the old railway depots with the modernity of the 'blades of light' projected by Katana.
"In our projects, we use a large number of DTS fixtures, with which we are fully satisfied,” - said First Impression, the rental company that installed the lighting infrastructure for Aus Berlin. “Katana's performance was exceptional; nothing compares to its ‘blade of light’.”
Aus Berlin's line-up included the best of the new generation of Berlin DJs, such as Adana Twins, Mandy, Wankelmut, Egbert and Yetti Meissner.
The upgrading and expansion works of the Tilburg railway station in Holland have transformed the vast old buildings into multi-functional structures, suitable for a wide range of spectacular events.
USA - Three hi-energy sold out shows at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium launched the new Martin Garrix live show which will tour around the world for the rest of the year as the young Dutch superstar DJ and music producer continues to wow crowds.
Equally hot in appearance is the lighting and visuals show created by production designer Gabe Fraboni which features 138 Robe moving lights – 90 x Spikies, 20 x Pointes and 28 x BMFL Spots.
The main goal of this design is to take Martin Garrix out of a purely DJ context and take a more rock / pop approach.
Fans at this year’s Coachella festival received a sneak preview of what was to come with the plus-shaped video screen and surrounding grid of 90 x Spikies tight at the heart of the performance environment. Now the power and impact of this and the full new production design has been unleashed to the delight of his fans.
Gabe had used Robe Pointes and BMFLs very successfully on the last Martin Garrix tour, so when it came to the new design he wanted to add a dynamic “trick fixture” for this one and chose to do it with Spikies.
They are rigged onto an elegant industrial trussing structure which is built upstage of the DJ booth and frames a large plus-shaped LED screen in the centre that is also attached to the truss uprights.
The Spikies are placed exactly 2ft.9 inches apart on the horizontal and vertical plane and are the main focus of the show lighting.
“Spikies were the perfect fit” declared Gabe. “The continuous pan-and-tilt, flower effect and the pr
UK - After 40 years as the leading British advertising awards, this year the British Arrows combined their Craft and Awards shows into one big ceremony –The British Arrows. Held at Battersea Evolution on 31 May 2017 and hosted by TV comedian Rob Delaney, over 72 Campaign Arrows and 32 Craft Awards were handed out to the cream of the advertising crop. Hawthorn was on hand to deliver the full technical production for the evening.
Hawthorn has delivered the technical production for the British Arrows Awards since 2011, with the design and production values increasing in specification and complexity each year. With this year seeing the two events combine into one special show, the team at Hawthorn worked closely with the British Arrows producers to deliver a stand-out experience for the 1000 guests.
With the concept for the evening following an open room format, guests had to be wowed on arrival as they overlooked the vast 50m x 75m main dining space at Battersea Evolution. The British Arrows team decided to break with convention, seating guests on long tables that stretched from the stage to the rear of the room.
Ensuring the winning video content was at the heart of evening, Hawthorn installed two 13.5m by 4m blended projections using Christie HD-14K-M projectors. These were the largest 3:1 format surfaces that Hawthorn have used within Battersea Evolution, maximising the onscreen content and removing the need for relay screens that would break the eye line from the mezzanine all the way to the stage.
The screens were deliberately angled in to
Ireland - KV2 Audio’s large format VHD Point Source system helped provide Good Vibrations for The Beach Boys. Having made their debut over 50 years ago, The Beach Boys continue to tour extensively and their recent Irish stop saw them play to over 2,000 people at the striking Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.
Tasked with providing audio reinforcement for the event were KV2 Audio’s Irish partners Just Lite Productions - who once again turned to their inventory of KV2 products.
The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre is a commanding space with 2,111 seats spread across stalls, first and second circles. Just Lite opted to deploy a flown double VHD System with down-fill and extra low frequency reinforcement courtesy of the VHD 2.21 2x21” subwoofer.
The complete system per side was made up of two VHD 2.0, 1 x VHD 1.0 and one VHD 2.15 flown with two VHD 4.18 and one VHD 2.21 ground stacked powered by their associated VHD 2000 and VHD 3200 amplifiers.
The event was one of many successful shows that Just Lite are overseeing with KV2 products and yet again disproves the notion that large numbers of speakers are needed to cover such large venues.
USA - Bandit Lites returned to the ocean for another spectacular weekend at the Hangout Music Festival, where the beach provided a picturesque backdrop for the thousands that made the trek to the sandy shores.
This year’s line-up boasted a wide range of artists, such as Mumford & Sons, Chance the Rapper, Phoenix, Major Lazer, Weezer, MGMT, Sigur Ros, Band of Horses, Franz Ferdinand and Charli XCX.
While the musical acts coupled with a weekend at the beach were reason enough to attend Hangout, festival goers could also experience a host of activities ranging from beach volley ball, an ocean side Ferris wheel, beach club, arcade, puppy kissing booth and even a legitimate wedding chapel.
Bandit Lites provided the lighting for the festival’s main stage, rightfully dubbed the Hangout Stage, Fitz’s Stage, along with the Surf Stage, which flanked the main stage across the beach. Bandit also provided additional cable and motors support for 21 Pilots and Weezer’s massive W sign.
At one end of the beach, Bandit supplied The Mainstage with over a hundred fixtures, including VL 6000 Beams, VL 3000 Spots, Claypaky Sharpys, Iluminarc Ilumipanels, Bandit 5x5s, Bandit’s exclusive GRNLite Moving Washes and Lycian M2 Spots. Two Grand MA 2 full consoles provided control.
Across the shore, Bandit provided the Surf Stage with over another 100 fixtures, such as VL 6000 Beams, VL 3500 Washes, Claypaky Sharpys, Claypaky Mythos, Solaris Flares, Illuminarc LED Washes, Bandit 5x5s and Martin MAC Viper Profiles. Another two Grand MA 2 full consoles co
Poland - Gamers from around the globe gathered recently once again in the International Conference Centre in Katowice, for the world’s biggest annual online gaming event: the Intel Extreme Masters.
With this year’s event seeing gamers compete in various games such as League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and StarCraft II, the task of designing a suitably impactful staging concept fell for the second year in a row to Polish production house, Aram. This year’s secret weapon came in the form of 16 Chauvet Professional STRIKE 1 and 16 STRIKE 882 strobe fixtures, which Aram incorporated within a spectacular visual production including live video gaming and pyrotechnics.
“With the event expanding so dynamically in recent years, the pressure was certainly on to create new looks and breath-taking visuals for 2017,” commented Michal Mrzyglocki, CEO of Aram. “The combination of the STRIKE 1 fixtures and STRIKE 882 strobes were instrumental in allowing us to craft a number of stylistic accentuations to the main stage design.”
Mrzyglocki positioned the 16 STRIKE 1 fixtures between the two main video walls to provide purposeful and visually engaging looks. The 230W single source multi-purpose LED fixtures worked as an ideal counterpoint to the gaming action cast upon the large LED screens.
“The STRIKEs proved to be the ultimate addition to the stage design,” commented Mrzyglocki. “Not only did they provide an interesting addition to the stage visuals thanks to their blend of blinder, strobe and wash l
UK - Now in its 126th year, The Kennel Club’s Crufts Dog Show is world’s largest and most prestigious canine competition. Over its three-day run, the event drew roughly 160,000 people and nearly 22,000 dogs to the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) complex in Birmingham. For the main competitions in NEC’s Genting Arena, it was critical that the sound system deliver both clarity and fidelity without adding any visual distraction.
ARB Events was the primary AV provider, with project manager Steve Boote working with sound system designer Neal Allen of Safe Hands Audio on the audio for the arena. They chose the X2 line-array loudspeaker system from the X-Line Advance family by Electro-Voice as the best and most suitable system for the job.
“This was my fourth year working with ARB Events on the system design for Crufts, and it was the best yet,” says Neal Allen. “They want perfect clarity for all the speech, but there are also music-based competitions, so the system needs to be punchy with great fidelity as well, to get the right effect on the audience without scaring the dogs.
“We began using the Electro-Voice X2 system last year, and got great results. This year, we added the 120-degree version of the X2-212 line array to help extend the coverage, and the results were outstanding.”
The PA system consisted of six identical X2-212 line arrays, each with three 90-degree dispersion speaker elements above three 120-degree versions. Arranged in pairs, each set of arrays covered one of the three seated sides of the arena. Low frequencies
Argentina - Allen & Heath’s flagship dLive S Class system was selected for a special gig by Argentinean rock band, Airbag, accompanied by an orchestra and staged at the iconic Usina del Arte venue, a converted electrical plant, in the capital, Buenos Aires.
Provided by rental company, Show Room Live, the dLive system comprised the S7000 Surface and DM64 MixRack fitted with Waves SoundGrid networking cards, and was selected by the band’s FOH engineer, Fernando Parra. The system was required to manage live sound reinforcement in the venue, as well as provide redundant multitrack recording and a broadcast feed. AES inputs on the S7000 Surface were used by Parra to connect his favourite outboard equipment.
“I use 64 channels from the MixRack and 8 analogue channels from the Surface to cater for the live FOH feed and provide 80 channels of multitrack recording at dLive’s 96kHz sampling rate,” comments Parra. “The immense capacity and flexibility of dLive made this complex and ambitious event possible, and the huge processing power of the system meant it went without a flaw, producing the finest sonic quality.”
UK - David Atkinson Lighting Design (DALD) recently completed the lighting design for the Robots exhibition at the Science Museum, London.
This intriguing exhibition features a unique collection of over 100 robots, from a 16th century mechanical monk to robots from science fiction and modern-day research labs. Set in five different times, Robots explores how religious belief, the industrial revolution, popular culture and dreams about the future have all shaped society through the different robots on display.
Recent developments from robotics research are also on show, allowing the visitor to explore how and, more importantly, why roboticists are building robots that resemble us and interact in human-like ways. The exhibition encourages the visitors to imagine what a shared future with robots would be like, with the latest humanoid robots in action.
DALD worked closely with the exhibition designers Drinkall Dean to create a dynamic contrasting lighting design within the five period sections of the exhibition.
The first robot visitor encounter is a life-like mechanical human baby, recently acquired for the museum’s new robotics collection. Usually made for use on film sets, this baby has no intelligence, making only pre-programmed movements (sneezing, breathing and moving its arms and legs).
To help off-set the baby a ring of side and edge emitting LED strip is mounted behind a vacuum formed quilted opalescent panel. Accent lighting to the baby is from a softly focused point source in a warm colour temperature. Two additio
UK - Last weekend UK d‘n’b duo Sigma became the first drum and bass act – complete with full band - to play London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Creating a very special visuality for this ground-breaking gig in the world-famous venue was show designer Andy Hurst. He used a combination of lighting equipment supplied by Blackburn rental company HSL and the in-house rig, and worked alongside a crew of three from HSL.
Lasers - fast becoming a Hurst show signature – were delivered by ER; LED screens, cameras and projection were from Video Illusions and BPM supplied the pyro.
The pressure was on for Andy to produce something amazing in the short timeframe. The get-in was 7 a.m. on showday, so the rig had to be quick and practical to install as well as looking great! While some elements of a show can be pre-visualised, there is still a lot of programming that can’t be finessed and fine-tuned until you’re actually standing there in the hall, so it was an intense day with everyone working right up until doors.
“That was the challenge” said Andy, “But it’s also great to have to think on your feet and pull off a high-profile event in a prestigious setting. The band really wanted it to be a special occasion and we pretty much stuck to the original design proposals that were green-lighted shortly after the gig was announced in January.”
A key to Andy’s aesthetic was to embrace the environment, that interior that is instantly recognisable worldwide, so he chose to highlight the venue’s legendary organ and map it with lasers.
UK - Big Box Digital Media has lent added colour and sparkle to two of the UK’s most popular tourist attractions. The company has installed powerful colour changing LED fixtures from Chauvet DJ at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Blackpool and at several Sea Life Centre locations.
At Madame Tussauds, the Intimidator Spot 255 IRC LED moving head positioned at the museum entrance creates a colourful and exciting welcoming atmosphere for guests. With its built-in automated programmes, selectable pan and tilt, dimming, split beam, three-facet prism and gobo effects, the Intimidators provide the museum with an endless variety of engaging looks for its entrance area.
At Sea Life Centre, Big Box installed a variety of fixtures including the Abyss LED 3.0, COREpar 40 USB and Intimidator Spot 255 IRC. The installation comes as part of a wide-ranging visual overhaul to provide renewed colour, energy and atmosphere at the aquatic attraction.
In keeping with the nautical theme of the popular aquarium chain, Big Box specified a total of six Abyss 3.0 – fixtures to create murky underwater style effects throughout a number of rooms. Thanks to their water effect imitating colour wheels, the Abyss fixtures provide fitting visual accompaniment to the marine atmosphere within the aquarium.
To complement the Abyss fixtures, Big Box specified a collection of COREpar 40 USB fixtures for general all-purpose lighting. The saturated spectrum of colours and ultra-wide wash of the COREpar 40 USB fixtures ensure excellent wash lighting effects within several areas inclu
USA - Located in Palm Desert, California in the Coachella Valley, Indian Wells Tennis Garden boasts 29 regulation tennis courts. At 16,100 seats its largest, Stadium 1, is the second-largest tennis-dedicated stadium in the world. Indian Wells is the host to the annual BNP Paribas Open, a major two-week pro tournament.
Constantly evolving under the ownership of Oracle founder Larry Ellison, the facility recently rebuilt and refurbished Stadium 1, including a complete audio makeover that features premium products from two Bosch brands: RTS and Electro-Voice. Technicomm Industries, an area firm that has handled previous Indian Wells expansions and upgrades, was contracted to handle the upgrade.
“They decided to totally refurbish the main stadium last year. One goal of that change was to modernize the intercom system,” says Steve Burgess, project manager for Technicomm. “We wanted a system that could become part of our site-wide Dante audio network, and RTS was one of the few brands with that capability.”
Burgess contacted his regional RTS rep, Jeff Shorsher, to arrange a demo. Upon experiencing the system’s capabilities, Indian Wells and Technicomm agreed it was the smart choice. Operating as part of Indian Wells’ existing Dante matrix system would create great flexibility, enabling both in-house and external communications. In addition, it would enable Technicomm to address another need by eliminating equipment clutter in the broadcast booths.
“Over the years, the booths, which are quite small, had built up a variety of equipment
UK - The Great Dorset Steam Fair (GDSF) has commissioned enforcement specialist TSG to patrol and protect its primary areas this summer, working alongside existing security arrangements.
Organisers moved Great Dorset Steam Fair back a week last year, to run across the August Bank Holiday, and it attracts more than 200,000 people over five days, many families among them.
To ensure their safety, operations director Julian Hubbuck has split the site into zones for 2017 and switched from a single security supplier to a number of companies, each playing to its particular strengths.
TSG, which managed a successful deployment at GDSF 2015, returns to the 600-acre site with greater numbers to look after the event’s entertainment areas, including the main music stage, a large fairground and multiple bars.
The agency’s uniformed officers will engage with the public, provide reassurance and address any incidents of crime and anti-social behaviour.
Julian Hubbuck comments: “We missed TSG’s high-profile presence in 2016. The company’s enhanced level of training and experience is a perfect fit for the main licensed area.
“Like any organiser we’re always looking for ways to improve the experience for visitors and exhibitors and a multi-agency approach to their safety is absolutely the right response.”
TSG’s managing director, David Boswell, says: “Team TSG is talking to the other security companies involved and we are focused on the task in hand. Our officers are looking forward to being a part of the solution to ensur
USA - Luke Bryan lighting designer Justin Kitchenman of Align Design Group used 100 of Elation Professional’s compact ACL 360i fixtures in a spectacular upstage wall of lighting effects on the artist’s 2016 Kill the Lights tour. For the country music star’s current Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day tour, the designer again turned to the narrow-beam LED lights, deciding to add an additional 80 units in his new design.
“We used the ACL 360i as a feature on last year’s tour so I know what they are capable of,” comments the LD, who is entering his seventh year with Luke Bryan. “I was blown away by them. The beam can punch through, even with the other lights on. They are lightweight and low profile and worked out really well.”
The Kill the Lights tour played a final string of dates in February and March with the newly designed Huntin, Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day tour kicking off in Nashville in early May. Playing dates across North America through October, Bryan powers through a string of hits on the show in what is likely to be one of this summer's hottest tours.
“We wanted to keep the same video configuration and we again needed a fixture for the back of the wall,” he explains. “The ACL 360i is a great beam effect with surprising power.” Justin added 80 fixtures to last year’s rider for a total of 180 units in the current configuration, giving him even greater possibilities to come up with really unique looks. “There are some looks that have carried over from last year’s tour but most of it is new programming,
Switzerland - With the investment in no less than three Prolyte roof systems, Swiss rental company Sonoval is making a solid statement. The recently acquired Prolyte MPT system and two ARC systems will be the core of their outdoor activities this summer.
Sonoval Sàrl is a relatively young, Swiss based company, operating from both its Martingy and Fribourg branches. They are active in the field of lighting, sound and stage, in- and outside Switzerland and are driven by fierce ambition. Sonoval Sàrl has taken advantage of its experience to fine-tune its range of services, extending from video, to scenic structures and technically demanding projects.
Based on its broad experience, Sonoval supplies to many Swiss based events and, on top of that, acts as equipment supplier for many other rental and event companies. Being recognised as regional leader, they keep a substantial stock of rental equipment.
Looking to expand their rental stock for outdoor structures they turned to CAST Suisse, Prolyte’s distributor in Switzerland. Together with Bruno Lerminiaux, Prolyte distributor manager, they decided to invest in two roof types to create a flexible rental fleet that would meet the demands of their customer base.
The first investment is a MPT 12 x 10m roof system. The Prolyte MPT Roof is a tower-based structure with a pitched roof, a design which guarantees optimum strength. Primarily configured from standard trusses, the MPT Roof offers not only maximum flexibility through its many calculated building varieties, but it is also a cost-effective inv
Italy - Launched last year, the Music Inside Festival (MIF) in Rimini this year saw PA and monitoring on all three stages at the Rimini Fiera provided for the first time by Loud Professional and powered by Powersoft X series premium amplifiers.
The two-day event also saw, for the first time, the appearance of the new Loud Professional Formula F221 subwoofer. Based on Loud Pro Push Loop Technology: this double 21in system combines three different technologies: Push Pull, Double Reflex Band Pass, and Horn Loading system.
The winning combination of these two leading Italian manufacturers was selected by Amandla Productions, who had taken over the Festival’s technical production - as they immediately recognised Loud Professional’s expertise in delivering large scale festival sound (and particularly EDM events).
“The synchronization with Powersoft was excellent and we already have plans for to develop further projects together,” said Loud Professional’s event production director, Francesco ‘Scody’ Scotti. “As for the new sub, we were delighted with the excellent results achieved.”
And so, it seems, was the all-star line-up of DJs appearing over the two days, including headliners The Martinez Brothers, Paul Kalkbrenner, Sven Vath, Chris Liebing, Loco Dice, Len Faki, Ilario Alicante and Sam Paganini.
In order to satisfy the requirements of some of the world’s leading EDM exponents, Scody confirmed that extensive testing had first taken place to establish optimum performance. “This necessitated creating a library of dedic
Denmark - Popular Danish R&B and pop singer Burhan G is on the road with a new set and lighting design by Theis Wemuth of Aarhus based creative visual practice, Create This, with Robe Spiiders, BMFLs and Pointes right at the core of the aesthetic.
Theis started his lighting design career 12 years ago and is well known in Denmark for his imagination and thinking ‘out-of-the-box’. He was asked by the artist to produce a design for the tour which promotes his latest album Pas på pigerne (Beware of Girls) which features a big band sound and style bringing a new dimension to his diverse repertoire.
This set the tone for the lighting and scenic design proposed by Theis, for which he specified 18 Robe Spiiders and 25 x BMFL Spots, which are being supplied to the tour by rental company Comtech. There's no video on the tour, so it’s down to music and lighting to enhance the mood, and in these days of visual expectation, that means the lights have to work a lot harder!
Theis wanted a multi-level riser system to accommodate the 15 musicians in different sections onstage. His ideas included lots of warm colours, a cosy sumptuous feel and a rig that could also be flipped into something rawer, meaner and more dangerous at times for the more rap orientated elements.
The architecture of the rig is based on two flown trusses and six vertical pre-rigged trussing towers upstage, with Robe spec’d as the primary moving lights.
Three Spiiders are distributed on each tower giving a total of 18 x fixtures that are absolutely fundamental to the rig.
USA - Lighting designers all have their own individual styles, and they go about the business of reflecting their clients’ music in slightly different ways. As a designer himself, John Garberson fully appreciates that, which is why “flexibility” was one of his primary goals when he put together the West Stage lighting rig for the 2017 Pot of Gold festival at the Rawhide Centre outside Phoenix.
Helping him create a festival rig that could support the different styles of a very varied mix of nine visiting LDs was a collection of Maverick, Rogue and STRIKE fixtures from Chauvet Professional.
“We have been doing the Pot of Gold festival for a number of years,” said Garberson of Creative BackStage. “This year, we decided to go from an old school 120K system to a mostly LED and moving light rig. The move saved on generators, gas, labor and rigging costs. Going beyond these practical things, though, we wanted to have a rig that would open the door for LDs to be very creative.”
Noting that there is “only so much an LD will bring to a festival in a ground package,” Garberson put as much variety as he practically could into his rig. ”We had a little of each type of lighting effect, from beams to spots to washes to strobes to followspots,” he said. “The idea was to design a rig that any LD would be comfortable meshing with his or her existing show.
“This meant having a broad range of fixtures, which of course made cost and compactness priorities for us. The Mavericks and Rogues excelled in this regard. Both delivered a lot of pu
Australia - Brisbane’s thriving Life Church community has a new auditorium and multi-purpose facility, effectively converted from a disused school property with the help of Forefront Productions’ installation of a comprehensive audio, lighting and video system.
In the suburbs of Brisbane, Life Church purchased an old school hall and set about turning it into a new worship facility that could also house their own existing school.
With the help of Forefront Productions, they set about converting the original school hall into a multipurpose church auditorium. Forefront was contracted to help design and install comprehensive audio, lighting and video systems as well as offer advice on stage construction, venue layout and acoustic treatments.
Whilst church activities account for most of the venue usage, the school also utilises it for assemblies and performances. The audio system, therefore, needed to be flexible and forgiving, all the while providing clear, consistent coverage to the space. As a growing, influential church in the city, Life Church also has international speakers and artists come through, requiring an appropriate level of audio reproduction.
Several options were proposed and, in the end, the Nexo Geo S12 line array found the right balance between performance and budget. As Matt Wever, senior engineer at Forefront Productions states, “We’re always impressed with the accuracy and full, rich near field sound of the Nexo Geo S12 system.” Main PA for the auditorium comprises three Geo S1210 plus one GEO S1230 per side.
UK - Avolites' trailblazing lighting and video integration system is 'heaven sent' for lighting designer James Bawn on his latest large-scale project, live arena spectacular Heaven on Earth, which will be touring UK arenas between 4 December 2017 and 12 May 2018.
The large-scale musical, produced by Eden International Productions, is a classic re-telling of the biblical tale of Adam and Eve. Written by Sara Jeffs and directed by Racky Plews, the musical boasts an original musical score and arrangements by Geoff Alexander.
"The story is fantastic," says Bawn, who has been developing the production's lighting and video design for the past year. "Creatively, the production has really demanded that we all push the boundaries of our own area of expertise."
Bawn, who worked closely with stage designer Jacqueline Pyle on the production, describes the creative process as 'organic', developing each time the designer reads the production's script.
To build and programme Heaven on Earth's large lighting and video mapping elements, Bawn selected an Avolites Sapphire Touch console running Titan v10.1 and an Avolites R-Series media server running Ai v10.
"I am a big fan of Avolites product," says Bawn. "They build innovative and creative control systems. The Sapphire Touch console will always be my first choice for any large-scale production I am working on."
Bawn will be using two Sapphire Touch consoles in the upcoming Heaven on Earth tour, one as primary control and the other as back-up. The Sapphire Touch will also be ne
Russia - Claypaky's SharBar, the LED-based multi-beam effects light fixture, has been used to great effect on a live concert by popular Russian band, My Michelle, at the Volta Club, Moscow with lighting design by Russian designers David Misakyan and Dmitry Buryak.
Led by singer-songwriter Tanya Tkachuk, the band has enjoyed great success across Russia with its modern, soulful pop sound. For the Volta Club concert, My Michelle's producer, Pavlo Shevchuk, worked with Misakyan and Buryak to create a 'cool, club show' feel for audiences. The design played to the venue's compact 8m x 6m stage area, with a height of just 4.85m overhead to the stationary truss structures.
Misakyan explains: "When we thought about the production design we wanted something more than just truss warmers and colour washes - we needed a fixture suitable for dance pop-music, which would look good in a small club setting. Coincidentally, at that time I was contacted by Aleksey Zhuravlev from Russian rental outfit Global Show Trade (GST) who provided the fixtures for the My Michelle show. Aleksey asked if I was interested in using any new Claypaky SharBars on any projects.
"Thanks to Aleksey, we were able to borrow a SharBar for use during programming, so that we could check the virtual attributes with the real ones. Having the real device was very useful, we knew exactly how fast the pan, tilt and zoom worked. It really helped."
Misakyan says, "Without its motorised functionality, SharBar is already a quality LED batten. However, being able to set the zoom and have the optio
UK - Farnham Maltings has operated an arts and community centre for Farnham, Surrey, since the early 1970s. It offers a core of successful activities - a thriving music and theatre programme, a flourishing selection of workshops, monthly markets and regular film events. There is also a host of community users of the building - The University of the 3rd Age, Sugarcraft, Beerex and a range of voluntary groups.
In September 2015 the venue began an association with the University of Creative Arts (UCA), which now bases its acting and drama degree course on site. With investment from the University, Farnham Maltings has begun an upgrade of its technical facilities over a three-year period, with Doughty Engineering being brought on board to supply its Easydeck flooring during year one of the project.
Easydeck is a modular performance system, perfectly suited for smaller venues like Farnham Maltings, thanks to consultations with drama teachers, amateur groups and rental companies during its development, enabling Doughty to create an efficient, cost effective solution to temporary staging.
Julie Birkin, general manager at Farnham Maltings, explained: "Initially we contacted Doughty with the intent that they would just supply the kit; Laurence Dyer of Doughty offered to carry out a site visit in order for us to trial the Easydeck in situ. Whilst on site, we tested it for noise, deflection, different surface finishes; and ease of build, handling and storage."
She continued: "Laurence was able to add insightful tips on configurations, and weight loadings
UK - PRG XL Video recently supported production manager Iain Whitehead and Production North with lighting, video and rigging services for The X Factor Live tour 2017. Stopping off at 19 venues around the UK, the tour featured the stars of the 2016 series of the popular prime-time weekend television show.
Lighting designer Peter Barnes returned for his sixth X Factor Live tour to design the set, lighting and video screen layout. Peter explained the creative process behind the show: “I worked closely with creative director, Beth Honan, on her staging requirements and overall artistic look of the show. The general design complimented what the audience would be used to from the TV show.
“Although there was no particular brief given to me, with this particular show, there’s always been a video screen which opens upstage centre, and the rest just falls into place from that, filling in the background with screens and lights. Whilst designing the set and lighting layout to fit in with Beth’s vision, it was also of paramount importance for me to regularly liaise with Iain Whitehead and his production team, as well as my lighting crew chief, Steve Major to ensure the rig was practical from a technical and build perspective”
Lighting technology used on The X Factor Live tour included the PRG Best Boy spot HP, Vari*Lite VL3500, Clay Paky Mythos, Sharpy moving lights, A.Leda B-EYE K10 LED effects lights, and Solaris Flare LED strobes. Followspotting power was provided by Robert Juliat Lancelots.
Discussing his choice of lighting fixtures, Peter B
Germany - Berlin-based Complete Audio recently took its Martin Audio MLA system out with long-term client, KIZ on the band’s latest tour, Hurra die Welt geht unter (which translates as "Hooray the world is going down”).
André Rauhut’s company has been working with the local politically-based hip-hop band, comprising three MCs and a DJ, since they first set out playing small clubs many years ago. This was their third major tour together - and it was FOH engineer, Rainer Noll, who also happens to be one of Complete Audio’s long-time sound specialists, that specifically requested MLA.
The tour took the band through the established German arena and music hall circuit. Over the years the PA company has built a large database of MLA Venue Files - ranging from hockey arenas to city halls -and this data is available to their techs either online (or via Dropbox). This enabled quick optimisation of the system at each venue on the itinerary by system techs Thomas Birnbaum and Martin Eckert.
Complete Audio were able to run their full MLA system without delays, fielding up to 10 x MLA enclosures (and an MLD Downfill) each side, depending on venue size, while out-fills consisted of up to eight MLA Compact elements per side. Meanwhile, 16 MLX subs were distributed alongside the stage in a broadside array to ensure even coverage throughout.
“Everyone knows what they are going to get with MLA,” declared André Rauhut. “And that’s why it was specified in the first place.”