Rigging and Staging News

eloStageco builds spectacular spaceship for ELO
Thursday, 24 August 2017

UK - His aviator shades, curly mop and beard may appear to be cryogenically frozen in time but the renaissance of Jeff Lynne and his Electric Light Orchestra continues to move ever forward in popularity and – with assistance from Stageco – sheer physical size, as witnessed by 70,000 ecstatic fans at Wembley Stadium on 24 June.
Supported by The Shires and Keane’s Tom Chaplin, Lynne led his latest ELO incarnation through a two-hour set rammed with highlights from his vast catalogue of self-penned hits, including Mr. Blue Sky, Livin’ Thing, Evil Womanand Shine A Little Love, while Handle With Care served as a reminder of his brief but perfect career as a Traveling Wilbury.
The big talking point of the night, however, was the breathtaking, 16.5-tonne spaceship hovering above the band that evoked memories of ELO’s celebrated Out Of The Blue album and tour, nearly 40 years ago, bringing the living legend into present day orbit.
At the helm of all things technical, production manager Chris Vaughan, whose name is inextricably linked to large-scale touring explained how one of his long-time clients was instrumental in getting Lynne and the ELO brand back in front of audience after a protracted absence. “We became involved with Jeff in 2013 when he came to play at the Children In Need Rocks show that we were producing for Gary Barlow and the BBC,” he said.
“Jeff really enjoyed performing with Take That’s session musicians [including Mike Stevens and Milton McDonald] who were the house

aed-vertoProlyte Group expands distribution in France
Tuesday, 22 August 2017

France - With the appointment of AED France as Prolyte distributor next to its existing distribution partner Axente, Prolyte Group has established full distribution coverage in France, offering customers optimized access to the range of Prolyte products.
Prolyte Group’s trusted partner Axente, which holds the position as Prolyte distributor and ProLyft Service Point in France for a prolonged period, made it possible to succeed to open the French market for Prolyte and grow a trusted and steady customer base.
By adding AED Group to the distributing network in France, Prolyte hopes to open up more market segments by offering an alternative sales channel. “It’s really important for us to offer optimum service and flexible access to our product ranges,” states Ralph Stockley, Prolyte CCO. “By installing an extra distributor in the French market, we strive to enable even better access to our product ranges and to the support and product knowledge that go hand-in-hand with this.”
Both Axente and AED group are well-experienced and long-term Prolyte distributors, with considerable in-house experience. Both companies have built strong markets for Prolyte products and serve their own customer bases.
AED France will host an open house on 21 September in Paris. In a continuous programme, from 14:00 hours onwards, a range of Prolyte products will be presented. There will be a Verto demonstration as well as a spectacular live demonstration of the BGR truss. Members of the Prolyte team will be present to highlight the start of Prolyte distributi

ProPlex Devices rock solid on British TV
Monday, 21 August 2017

UK - BBC One’s musical show Pitch Battle recently completed a successful opening season with five pre-recorded episodes, plus the live finals. Live broadcasts have zero tolerance for malfunctions (just ask Mariah Carey or Janet Jackson) and gear must be 100% reliable. For this reason, lighting designer Mark Kenyon insists on ProPlex Data Distribution Devices for all his show data networking.
In addition to Pitch Battle, British television credits for ProPlex include six seasons on the hit show Strictly Come Dancing, five seasons of Saturday Night Takeaway and the new game show Big Heads – all designed by Kenyon.
“ProPlex just keeps working,” says Mark Newell, lighting gaffer and Kenyon’s chief systems tech. “For Pitch Battle, we used 10 ProPlex Opto-Splitter 2x8 RDM units, plus a user-friendly, versatile ProPlex IQ Two 1616 node for output streaming. We love this unit’s ability to be easily changed on the fly. After many shows, over many years, we’ve had no performance issues with any of these units. They perform flawlessly and are an indispensable tool for our work. ProPlex devices are rock solid.”
(Jim Evans)

forza-zu-2Prolyte Group supports Untold Festival
Monday, 21 August 2017

Romania - Organising a range of large-scale festivals in a short timeframe, Romanian production company Arena Events relies on Prolyte products to support the elaborate and signature design of its stages and safety of its audience.
Forza Zu and After Hills in June, Neversea and Electric Castle in July and finally Untold in August mean a full production agenda for Arena Events. Prolyte Group works closely together with the mastermind behind these events, Corneliu Ladin.
Prolyte supplied much equipment for the above shows, with Untold being the highlight. Winning the award for Best Major European Festival 2015, motivated the Untold team to stage an even more impressive festival, including a line-up which encompasses almost every name on the DJ top 20.
“With the qualites and specs of the BGR70 truss type we we’re able to create a more elaborate design, being able to use both the high load bearing of the truss and the fact that it can be built to have zero deflection. This is ideal to create stunning front facades, as with the Neversea main stage,” states designer BigVis. “We used two spans of 22m of BGR70 truss to support the curved LED panels, mounted on truss, which really gave depth to the complete stage structure.”
Arena Events is one of the first companies in Europe to own this latest system from Prolyte. Due to its low volume and height, combined with a high load bearing capacity, the BGR70 truss is suitable as a mother grid, or to support a front façade for large sets, as with dance festivals.
In order to create the strik

sxs-eventsSXS launches dry hire service
Friday, 18 August 2017

UK - With a broad stock of event production and AV equipment, production company SXS has launched a dry hire service.
Available equipment includes arena-scale PA, high-resolution LED video walls, outdoor video screens, staging, marquees and one of the largest stocks of blackout drapery in the UK.
“We now have one of the largest and definitely the broadest of stocks of AV and production equipment in the UK. The equipment we are using is high-end, industry and standard and typically rider friendly,” says SXS project handler Nathan Dunbar who will be heading up the dry hire customer services with assistance from production executive Lucy Payne.
“I’ve been with SXS a while now and have been blown away by how well our team maintains some of the highest standards I have seen in every discipline in which we work. SXS is a genuine one-stop shop with technical and safety standards as good as or better than the specialists in each field.”
(Jim Evans)

dirty-rigger-podgerDirty Rigger lanyard set for PLASA debut
Tuesday, 15 August 2017

UK - The Dirty Rigger developers have been in the thinking shed again, making “one of the most awesome tool lanyards you’ve ever seen”.
The Dirty Rigger screw-fasten mini loop is a 12cm long, super slim (4mm) steel wire rope that will fit through just about any of those niggly little loop holes and join together with a screw fastener.
To give the new mini loop justice, Dirty Rigger created a whole new lanyard to go with it. “We thought a 128cm (part-coiled to 70cm when unstretched) steel wire rope, fitted with a rated anodized aluminium alloy carabiner clip with captive eye, featuring 360 degree rotation and
The new Podger/Tool Lanyard should be ready for an official launch at PLASA 2017 (Stand E14: Le Mark Group).
(Jim Evans)

grzegorz-sikorskiJ&C Joel appoints new dealer in Poland
Monday, 14 August 2017

Poland - J&C Joel has announced the appointment of Step as its new bronze dealer in Poland.
Step was established in Poland in 2008 by its founders Marcin Konieczek and Grzegorz Sikorski, who are both long-time active members of the Polish stage and event market, working as light and sound engineers for live shows and events for more than 20 years.
In 2012 Step started to support theatres and rental companies, supplying them with a wide range of equipment including auditorium LED lighting systems manufactured by British GDS based in Bristol. Always focused on high quality products, Step has quickly become a reliable and dynamic partner for manufacturers.
Step will offer J&C Joel’s flame retardant fabrics, flooring and stage engineering solutions as well as their bespoke design, manufacturing and installation services as a complimentary solution to their products and services.
Step’s Greg Sikorski said: “Working with the best teams is always a great pleasure as well as a great challenge. We hope we'll enjoy the co-operation with J&C Joel for a really long time."
Roland Rizk, J&C Joel’s Europe and Russia regional manager, said: "We are very excited for the new partnership with Step in Poland. Step’s team have been in the stage and event industries for more than two decades and they have great knowledge of the domestic Polish market. Poland is definitely one of our biggest potential areas to focus on and we are looking forward to building a long-term partnership with Step to support the market needs."
(Jim Ev

milos-pa-tower-videoMilos PA5030 PA Tower video released
Thursday, 10 August 2017

Europe - Milos has just released a technical video about their new MT-PA5030 PA Tower. In this video, Norbert Tripp (Area Four Industries technical director) gives an overview of the features of this new 5m (16.4’) Milos PA Tower and how it’s compact size perfectly suits the needs of small to mid-sized events and makes transport extremely convenient.
Check it out here: http://milossystems.com/hot-stuff/new-products
(Jim Evans)

floorboxFloorbox takes Hesco hostile vehicle solution to events
Thursday, 10 August 2017

UK -Floorbox has added Hesco TERRABLOCK products to its high security portfolio, delivering surface mounted barrier technology to the live events market.

TERRABLOCK® is the proven product of Hesco’s multi-million pound investment and rigorous testing. It stops a 15,000 lb truck travelling at up to 50mph in its tracks.

Available in a range of formats, TERRABLOCK® is a combination of an integrated vehicle barrier and a climb resistant weldmesh panel.

Flat-packed for delivery, TERRABLOCK® XL units are 1.2m high, 1.2m wide and 2.12m long. A trained crew can close off a 30ft wide carriageway with the system in just 40 minutes.

TERRABLOCK’s modular design means upgrades are simple in the event of a changing threat level.

John Davy, Floorbox Founder/Managing Director, comments: “Hesco’s primary focus is protecting NATO forces around the world, defending critical infrastructure. TERRABLOCK® has gone through such rigorous testing it’s the perfect means to protect the ingress and egress at football matches and live events at a time when any vehicle can be a weapon.”

Adam Wilding-Webb, Hesco’s Director of High Security, says: “Having successfully deployed our security barriers at the London 2012 Olympics, five-years of development has seen the system evolve in response to new challenges. It’s a unique solution, integrating earth-filled vehicle barriers and weldmesh panels.

“TERRABLOCK® is designed to be rapidly installed across diverse environments and through our

wicreations-finaCurvaceous Solutions from WI for FINA OC
Monday, 7 August 2017

Hungary - A spectacular opening ceremony in downtown Budapest marked the start of the 17th FINA World Aquatic Championships, with 14 days of world class aquatic sports following the elegant, eye-catching event directed by Olivier Feracci from French event production specialist ECA2 and Hungarian film director Csaba Kael, CEO of cultural hub Mupa Budapest.
WIcreations was contacted by Guillaume Duflot from EC2A, responsible for delivering full technical production for the event, and asked to provide rigging and structures involving a number of bespoke black-steel elements, together with their extensive expertise and knowledge of working in large scale outdoor environments. The WI project was led by Koen Peeters, and on-site crew chiefed by Stano Kusik.
The stunning panoramic setting for the FINA OC show included a massive custom-built floating stage, moored on the Danube, with Budapest’s landmark Chain Bridge on stage left. A second floating setup containing the curved tower structures and pyro was built at a nearby shipyard and finally tugged into place in two sections.
The whole scene was overlooked by the magnificent Baroque Buda Castle perched on the top of the hill opposite. The long, grandiose building was lit, video mapped and played an important part in the show which also featured some jaw-dropping water fountain artistry … accentuating the overall water theme. A cast of several hundred were onstage performing through the two hour show.
Getting lighting, sound, water and gas jets and other AV and technical elements – including m

Six ESTA Standards in public review
Monday, 7 August 2017

USA - Six standards are available for public review on the ESTA website - click here. Five have comment deadlines of 25 September 2017, but one is a week later, 2 October. People materially affected by these standards are invited to review them and to comment on them, saying they are acceptable as they are or are in need of changes.
BSR E1.9, Entertainment Technology - Reporting Photometric Performance Data for Luminaires Used in Entertainment Lighting
This standard defines the minimum data to be presented on documents purporting to accurately describe the photometric performance of stage and studio luminaires used in the live entertainment and performance industries. This is a proposed reaffirmation of the standard first published in 2007. The closing date is 25 September 2017.
BSR E1.6-2, Design, Inspection, and Maintenance of Electric Chain Hoists for the Entertainment Industry
This standard covers the design, inspection, and maintenance of serially manufactured electric link chain hoists having capacity of 2 tons or less and used in the entertainment industry. This standard does not cover attachment to the load or to the overhead structure. Controls used for multiple hoist operation are excluded from the scope of this standard. This is a proposed revision of the existing E1.6-2 standard. Comments are due 25 September.
BSR E1.14, Entertainment Technology - Recommendations for Inclusions in Fog Equipment Manuals
The standard applies to the

romsey-abbeyMusic in Romsey sings the praises of Doughty
Monday, 7 August 2017

UK - Romsey Abbey is a magnificent 12th century church – the largest parish church in Hampshire and home to a vibrant congregation. It has also been used as a performance venue by Music in Romsey (MIR) since the early 1970s. MIR hosts an extensive series of concerts there throughout the year. Musicians involved range from local choirs and bands to international soloists and orchestras. However, the group has always struggled to 'raise' their performers due to a lack of any special staging.
Bob Smith, stage manager for Music in Romsey said: "In the past we've had to use whatever we had to hand – literally – old beer crates with sheets of hardboard laid over the top come to mind. We then had some wooden platforms made which could be stacked and placed on trolleys and these were used at every concert when staging was needed until about four years ago. They were 1.3m square and 24, 12 and six inches high – and very heavy. So, we began to look for something new and lighter. I was given a budget and met representatives of a number of staging suppliers but it was Doughty Engineering who ticked all our boxes."
Bob worked closely with Laurence Dyer at Doughty to agree on the quantities and sizes of Stagedeck. Bob explained: "Each stage is different and the Abbey, being some 900 years old, is not metric so we had to ask for a number of 'bespoke' items, some of which, I understand have now made their way into the Doughty catalogue."
Bob and Laurence worked together to design various pieces of kit around the Abbey. Most of what has been supplied, howeve

gagaLady Gaga gears up for world tour with TAIT
Monday, 7 August 2017

USA - After announcing the Joanne World Tour six months ago, Lady Gaga stayed mum on the details of this major production. As the Rogers Arena doors opened on 1 August, 2017, the hashtag #JOANNEWorldTour interrupted social media threads and trended worldwide as followers raved about Mother Monster’s extravagant set and stage design.
The stunning aesthetics of the Joanne World Tour gave many attendees goosebumps as the set and stage, built by TAIT, took over the entire arena. The full layout consisted of a very dynamic and kinetic main stage, three flying bridge platforms which double as projection displays, two satellite stages and an LED integrated b-stage.
Lady Gaga opened the Joanne World Tour with a show-stopping performance of Diamond Heart on what looked like a typical TAIT stage platform until the stage went ‘Gaga’ and moved into different configurations. The jaw-dropping 85ft wide main stage is fashioned with three automated lifts used for scenic props and staging equipment, in addition to, five performer wave lifts surrounded with LED video panels. The lifts transform the stage into several intricate looks throughout the show.
For a number of her dance routines, Lady Gaga and her gang of dancers strut on LED performer wave lifts which USA Today refers to as ‘Tetris Stages’ due to their endless transformations. Three of the five performer wave lifts are 17ft wide and sit side by side upstage. Parallel to the upstage performer wave lifts are two 50 ft. wide performer wave lifts. When moving in unison, all of the wave l

kent-stateThree JTE roofs in a row at Kent State
Friday, 4 August 2017

USA - Kent State University chose three, side-by-side James Thomas Engineering PRT roof structures for their recent commencement ceremony.
PRT systems are James Thomas Engineering Pre-Rig Super Truss roof systems with 38.1mm (15 inch) towers. They measure 12.2 x 12.2m (40 x 40ft), with the centre roof having an additional mid-stage span. The structures are tied together with Pre-Rig SuperTruss, which forms the sound bays.
All structures were provided by KO Management.
(Jim Evans)

Hoist UK appoints new general manager
Wednesday, 2 August 2017

UK - Equipment manufacturer and supplier Hoist UK announces the appointment of new general manager John Ball with immediate effect.
John will manage the business’s sales and marketing teams, contribute to overall business strategy and lead business development activities which include delivery of Hoist UK’s sales, commercial and customer strategies.
With over 25 years in the lifting equipment industry, John is recognised throughout the market and a welcome addition to the growing Hoist UK team. Commenting on the new appointment Paul Jordan, said “Having known John professionally for many years I’m delighted to welcome him to the role of General Manager and have every confidence that he will contribute effectively to our growth and development.”
John added, “It’s exciting to join a growing business with such a strong established position with the lifting equipment market both in the UK and internationally. I look forward to further expanding Hoist UK’s business and build on the existing strengths of the sales and marketing teams.”
In addition to John’s appointment, Hoist UK are also recruiting for an engineering manager to oversee its multi-skilled engineering team.
(Jim Evans)

cpl-ovo-festivalCPL gets festive for OVO 2017
Wednesday, 2 August 2017

UK - CPL (Central Presentations) working for creative event producers Bright, took its experience and knowledge of festival productions and delivered full technical production - sound, lighting, rigging and some AV - for the 2017 OVO festival.
The event, now in its third year and a big hit with OVO’s staff, families and friends, was again staged at Mojo Active, Almondsbury near Bristol. CPL and Bright are regular collaborators and there is a great synergy between the two companies in their respective roles and end-goal of ensuring that event environments are smooth, entertaining, memorable and fun for all guests.
CPL’s project manager Mike Radford commented: “We were delighted to be involved again, and enjoyed working closely with Bright’s team led by their PM Mike Matthews. The brief was to bring all the production values of a premium festival to this event and ensure the best possible guest experience”.
The one-day event featured a main band stage and a large bar / catering and second stage area located in nine large conjoined Tepees, plus an open area featuring a heterogeneity of attractions like vintage fairground rides, archery, falconry, rounders and other field games and there was also a Children’s Tent. All were geared towards providing a fun-fuelled day for all ages and tastes.
The full site build started a week ahead of the event and CPL did their lighting and sound get-in the day before.
The main stage / roof was supplied by Bristol based BES Systems and a flown d&b Y8 audio system was specified, complete wi

canada-dayBespoke turns to BroadWeigh for Canada Day
Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Canada - Ontario's Canada Day celebration at Queen's Park has been a tradition since 1967 and commemorates the formation of Canada as one country on 1 July 1867. The event draws audiences in their thousands, offering music and dance performances, roaming performers, games and children's activities.
This year, the festivities extended into the evening, with musical performances to celebrate Ontario and Canada's 150th anniversary. Bespoke Audio Visual was brought on board by the Ontario Provincial Government to provide all the audio/ visual/ lighting/ staging and technical support – site-wide – for the event, and with a bigger lighting package in use to illuminate the event into the evening, the company turned to BroadWeigh to supply load cell monitoring and logging for their rigging package.
Andrew Bernacki, production manager at Bespoke Audio Visual, explained: "With the event extended into the night, and therefore a bigger lighting package to suit, our initial risk assessment identified that while our existing offsite weather monitoring service does an excellent job in both forecasting and monitoring all types of weather threats, adding onsite wind speed measurement and logging would be crucial in executing the event to the highest safety standard.
“Also, with the increase in lighting fixtures in the main stage package, we calculated that several point loads approached the limits provided by the stage manufacturer."
He continued: "Having been introduced to Michael Sorowka of Paradigm Rigging, through his involvement with various event s

proplexdevices-multiplepic-2017-1ProPlex at Galway International Arts Festival
Monday, 31 July 2017

Ireland - The annual Galway International Arts Festival is one of Ireland’s largest cultural events. This year’s line-up features musical performances by Dublin’s own Gavin James, England’s Passenger, original Beach Boy Brian Wilson, and many others. Lighting for the eclectic series of nightly concerts in the festival Big Top is provided by Light Source, with data networking by ProPlex.
“We have used ProPlex cable and devices for every show over many years,” says Light Source general manager, Ciaran Donnelly. “This gig has two GBS 10-port switches, four Opto-Splitters including two Minis in the truss, and an IQ Two 1616 16-universe DMX node. Tying the system together are over 200m of ProPlex Fibre, and 200m of ProPlex Cat 5e and DMX cables.” Donnelly added, “Additionally, we are using 200 meters of ProCable Multicable, fanouts, and 16 amp TRS mains cables.”
Light Source system tech, Brendan Cummins, adds: “The flexibility offered by the IQ Two and Opto-Splitters makes data routing via both hard-switchable and soft-patched universe outputs extremely easy when dealing with touring bands and artists. The ProPlex devices and software are intuitive and very easy to use, as well as powerful, reliable, and bullet-proof.”
(Jim Evans)

szinpad-jc-joel-logosJ&C Joel appoints new dealer in Hungary
Monday, 24 July 2017

Hungary - J&C Joel, has appointed Szinpadtechnika Kft as its new bronze dealer in Hungary.
Szinpadtechnika was established in 1998 and is now one of the leading theatre engineering companies in Hungary. They design and produce stage machinery for theatres, cultural centres and film studios as well as providing machinery maintenance services for more than 50 venues all around Hungary and getting involved with scenery design.
The firm is also gaining recognition from the theatres in neighbouring countries and in light of this is aiming to be the leading company on the field of theatre engineering in the Carpathian Basin region.
Norbert Horvath, sales manager at Szinpadtechnika, said: “We are really excited to introduce the innovative solutions of J&C Joel in Hungary. I’m sure our customers will be really interested in the great product range that J&C Joel has to offer.
“We appreciate that from now on we can rely on this partnership. We hope that the great expertise of J&C Joel will complement our product and service range and together we can provide complex solutions for our clients.”
Roland Rizk, J&C Joel’s Europe and Russia regional manager, said: “We are confident that partnering with Szinpadtechnika has a great potential to develop the business in Hungary. We are looking forward to tackling the market potential and to leverage on our combined expertise to deliver state of the art projects in the region.”
(Jim Evans)

scoittish-danceProlyte helps train Scottish Dance Theatre
Friday, 21 July 2017

UK - When Prolyte received a request for help from a theatre in Scotland, with some doubts as to how to build their new truss structure in a safe way, they jumped to the task. Prolyte organized a one-day on-site training to make sure the technical staff of the company can use their truss safely and efficiently whatever the project.
“Hi there, this is Adam from Scottish Dance Theatre. We have just bought a batch of H30V truss. After using it a couple of times, we now want to use it to build a tower system. I wonder if I could ask some questions…”
This was part of the request that Prolyte received through it’s website in late June this year. The Prolyte team knew this request could not go unanswered and decided to offer the assistance Adam was asking for. Together with distributing partner A.C. Entertainment Technologies, they set out to make an appointment for a full training day as part of their Prolyte Campus initiative.
On 11 July, Eric Laanstra, product manager for Prolyte Structures and Paul Hadfield, distributor manager for Prolyte, met the guys and girls from Scottish Dance Theatre to assist them with a day of training.
Eric Laanstra commented: “We basically just took the team through the whole process of building their own grid. After a morning session to understand more of the technical principles of truss, we followed with a hands-on session, which was very useful to explain the principles of building and loading their structure in a safe way. It made the team more confident and now also more competent.”
Adam McCal

wicreationsWIcreations moves it for Vasco Rossi in Modena
Friday, 21 July 2017

Italy - WIcreations provided StageCo with specialist automation services to move four massive towers onstage at the epic Vasco Rossi concert and spectacle in Modena – the Italian rock superstar’s only scheduled live appearance in 2017 - attended by 250,000 rapturous fans on a blisteringly hot summer’s day in Modena Park.
As well as working closely with StageCo, who provided all the black steel for the event, WI’s project manager Hans Willems liaised with Claudio Santucci from Gioforma, the show’s creative director. WIcreations has a long history of collaboration with IK Projects from Milan who provided automation operators and crew for this project.
The show was also televised live by national broadcaster RAI and streamed live to selected cinemas, extending the reach yet further as well as being recorded for DVD. It was a BIG deal!
The four towers that needed moving included 9m wide by 15m LED screen surfaces on the front, lighting pods, some that moved which were part of Giovanni Pinna’s elaborate lighting scheme - and rigging elements, video processors, power distros etc., so Hans came up with the genius solution of putting the generators on the towers.
This enabled all the production equipment on each tower section to be neatly and ‘locally’ cabled, while the generators doubled as ballast for the towers. Each tower – fully laden with kit – weighed 44 tonnes.
The four wheels on each tower alone were rated at 18 tonnes of weight loading each – variable depending on how the wind was blowing - and each tower glided

rigging-conferenceNew contributors for 2017 PLASA Rigging Conference
Thursday, 20 July 2017

UK - Preparations for the 2017 PLASA Rigging Conference, which takes place on Monday 18 September during the PLASA Show, are well under way. This year’s conference is in a new mould, targeting a broader audience through the addition of topics on both production and safety issues and encourages discussion from a wider range of contributors than before. New additions to the line-up include head of technical operations for the Ambassador Theatre Group Stuart Graham and John Green, European health and safety director for Laing O’Rourke.
Stuart has supported the conference since it began in 2009 and was keen to be a part of this year’s expanded offering.
“I felt that discussing the contracting process of shows would be of great value,” says Stuart. “Establishing a venue’s responsibilities against the show’s responsibilities with regard to rigging and safety in general will be a valuable discussion.”
Meanwhile, John’s enlightening contribution will look at his Safety Differently mission; a challenge to most industry sectors requiring an acceptance of accidents as part of working life and to concentrate on severe and potentially fatal risks.
“Following themes suggested by our opening speaker, the legendary Morris Lyda, the ensuing debate should be of real interest to safety professionals, venues and technical management alike,” says Chris Higgs, content curator for the conference. “We really want to examine the issues surrounding effective risk management, particularly in the way it affects the rigging community.”

team-projectsJ&C Joel strengthens projects department
Wednesday, 19 July 2017

UK Manufacturer of flame retardant fabrics, drapery and stage engineering solutions, J&C Joel, has announced a new structure for its projects department.
Ben Richardson-Owen, previously Middle East project manager, has been promoted to head of projects (International) alongside Fraser Davidson, previously UK and Europe project manager, who has now stepped into the role as head of projects (UK and Europe).
Ben has worked for the company for six years and worked in the company’s Dubai office for five years, returning to the UK office last year.
Fraser has worked for the company for 17 years, starting out as an apprentice installing J&C Joel products all over the world - alongside J&C Joel’s CEO James Wheelwright - before eventually moving into the coordination and management side of Project delivery.
Matt Corbett, operations director, said: “We’re extremely pleased to be able to promote both Ben and Fraser. They bring a wealth of experience to their roles and have been key assets to the J&C Joel Projects team for a long time.”
The changes also see Alan Carradus join the J&C Joel team as a project estimator. Alan started in the industry in 1987 and brings a wealth of industry experience from theatre, production and live events. His impressive background includes project management in the West End, production management and technical management.
Martin Radmall has also joined the business as UK project manager. Martin has more than 28 years’ experience in the industry and comes with a strong background

dramatic-finishDramatic finish to Star’s busy Manchester summer
Wednesday, 19 July 2017

UK - Star Events supplied the cavernous Mayfield Depot with seats in two custom-built arenas for the Manchester International Festival (MIF), which wrapped on Saturday.
The first was for the world premiere of Yael Bartana’s What If Women Ruled The World, the second for choreographer Boris Charmatz's 10,000 Gestures, one of MIF’s final fixtures.
Set opposite Manchester Piccadilly, Mayfield Depot is the under platform area of a semi-derelict Victorian railway station. Boarded up for years there was minimal natural light as Star Events built a single stand of 430 QP Grandstand seats. To accommodate Saygel & Schreiber’s What if Women Ruled The World set design, the system included a 166mm rake onto the existing ‘stage’ plinth and around the venue roof support columns.
The solution for 10,000 Gestures’, ‘thrilling blizzard of movement’, one of the final shows at MIF 2017, was a horseshoe configuration of 520 seats in three 333mm rake stands incorporating an upstage landing for show control.
New Order’s run of gigs at Old Granada Studios, in front of Star Events’ performance wall, also finished on Saturday, after Star had provided a 22m Orbit stage and support structures to Blink 182’s turn at Castlefield Bowl the night before.
Ahead of MIF, the company’s busiest summer in Manchester saw it supply the Courteeners post-Ariana performance at Emirates Old Trafford, the Manchester One Love event, seen by a billion people around the world, and Radiohead’s rescheduled show at the same venue


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