Rigging and Staging News

alistair-kilbeeSplitbeam invests in more Prolyft
Thursday, 21 September 2017

South Africa - To cater for theatre productions Priscilla Queen of the Desert (South Africa & Hong Kong Season), The Sound of Music (Asian tour 2017/18) and Evita (South African & Asian tour 2017/18), South African based Gearhouse Splitbeam, a theatre equipment rental company, has invested in 90 additional Prolyft motors and six controllers supplied by DWR Distribution. Alistair Kilbee is the managing director of Splitbeam and writes on his experience with the brand and why he went this route.
“I have always liked the Prolyft brand and this purchase made sense as we already had a stock holding of 57 Prolyft motors (1 Ton & ¼ Ton). The new acquisition, consisting of 85 Prolyte Prolyft Aetos 1 Ton and five Prolyte Prolyft Aetos 2 Ton, all in cases, along with six Aetos Pro range low voltage 8-way control, fits in nicely with our current stock holding to give us a total of 147 motors within Splitbeam.
“While the rest of the Gearhouse Group use CM, I felt that it was best to stay with a brand that I know and trust. We now stock 2 ton, 1 ton and ¼ ton motors. There was also the consideration that the Prolyft are easy to upgrade to double break for the future-proofing of the purchase. There is the noise factor that very few “non-theatre” people worry about, but in our market, this is a critical consideration. The new Prolyft motors are so quiet it is hard to even know that something is moving unless you see it happening.
“Theatre shows over the last few years have been getting bigger and heavier and the motor c

le-markUndefeated! The PAL Label Challenge at PLASA 2017
Wednesday, 20 September 2017

UK - On its first ever public outing at PLASA 2017, Le Mark’s new PAL Label Challenge was attempted by some of the shows strongest visitors and exhibitors, but remained completely undefeated.
“The PAL Label Challenge is so much fun. It gets really competitive between friends and colleagues but so far, no one has made it budge.” Said Le Mark’s marketing & strategy manager, Mark Gibbons.
What’s the PAL Label Challenge? Le Mark wanted an entertaining way to demonstrate the raw strength of the adhesive they use in selected PAL Road Case Labels. With the help of with 5 Star Cases, they designed a set of flight case plates, fitted with heavy duty handles and stuck them together using the very same super-strength foam adhesive used in their foam-backed PAL Labels. The challenge is to see if anyone has the strength to pull them apart.
With no one successfully completing the Challenge at PLASA, the search continues…
(Jim Evans)

 
 
tourflex-cablingTourflex Cabling launches new website
Monday, 18 September 2017

UK - Tourflex Cabling, the cable manufacturing division of A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET), has launched its new dedicated website - www.tourflex-cabling.com.
Tourflex Cabling builds cable assemblies to customers' specific requirements in its manufacturing facility in High Wycombe, not far from London. The level of customisation even goes down to adding specific heat shrink labelling, RFIDs and barcodes as required by the client. Typical customers include rental and production companies, as well as venues and installers.
Phill Capstick, AC-ET’s managing director said: "Custom cable assemblies for Entertainment, Film and TV is an important part of the business, but it’s always been difficult to explain the full range of what we’re able to do as there are thousands of options. Having a dedicated site for Tourflex Cabling helps us to do this.
Our customers often need personalised cables at short notice, and in high volumes. By manufacturing in-house in the UK and holding large stocks of cables and connectors, Tourflex Cabling can offer great service."
Phill continues: "We’ve invested heavily in testing equipment so that each and every cable assembly manufactured in-house conforms to the high build quality that our customers require, and we think this puts us in a leading position within the market because we know how important this is to them.
“We’re looking to further develop the website over the coming months to provide more details of the products and services that we supply and the connectors that we use, inc

 
nexusNexus Dry Hire rebrands after successful season
Friday, 15 September 2017

UK - Lighting and rigging dry hire specialist Nexus has launched a new brand identity as part of its wider business growth plans.
The company, which earlier in the year secured private investment from motor finance giants Evolution Funding, has introduced the new corporate identity to represent their position in the market and their vision for the future.
Tom Agar, Nexus managing director, explained: “This year has been a rollercoaster, with lots of exciting developments. We’ve invested nearly £1m in new stock over the last six months, including significant new purchases from Martin Professional, SGM, Robe, MA, ETC, and INDU.
“We’re securing contracts from all over the globe and a shift in our business model means we are now buying everything in quantity to ensure we have enough stock to service even the most onerous demands.
“We felt it was time we created a corporate image which accurately reflects our ethos, personality, capabilities and ambitions.”
In the wake of a successful summer, Nexus is projected an equally busy winter period and are currently recruiting, with plans to more than double the current team in order to maintain service levels.
In addition to this, plans have been laid for a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility in Wilmslow which will incorporate warehousing space eight times larger than their current premises. As well as offices to house the expanded team, the new facility will feature car parking for up to 32 visitors, six truck parking bays, level load docks and a driver zone where drivers can re

 
 
sh-nationalS+H adds star quality to National Eisteddfod
Wednesday, 13 September 2017

UK - S+H Technical Support provided substantial quantities of its LED starcloth product to production designer Sid Scott of Scott Callaghan Art Production for the 2017 National Eisteddfod of Wales.
The nine-day event was staged in a large field near Bodedern on Ynys Môn (the Isle of Anglesey), around eight miles from Caergybi (Holyhead) and approximately 20 miles from Bangor on mainland Wales.
The main entertainment hub on site was the Pafiliwn, a 40m deep 1,800 capacity pavilion built by Neptunus Structures, which was new in 2016, and once again utilised throughout the Eisteddfod for a diverse mix of entertainment, from a Sunday service to rock concerts, stand-up comedy, etc. in the evenings as well as a variety of competitions – dance, poetry, music, etc. – during the daytime.
Sid created the Pafiliwn production design in close collaboration with lighting director Nigel Catmur, Eisteddfod producer Medwyn Parri and Huw Aled Jones, the Eisteddfod’s head of technical operations.
Their objective was to create an immersive theatrical environment in the venue that would help engage the audience and take them on a journey for each performance, transforming the white box-style marquee into an exciting and invigorating live experience.
Having used the Neptunus structure for the first time last year, the team wanted to make several enhancements to the presentation space this year.
The LED starcloth wrap ran 120m down both sides of the structure and behind the audience, and also around two sets of 15m wide stage wings - stage left an

 
taking-performance-to-the-next-stage-300dpiAC-ET demos BroadWeigh at PLASA 2017
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

UK - An attention grabbing 3.5m truss gantry will be one of the main attractions on A.C. Entertainment Technologies' (AC-ET) stand at this year's PLASA London as it prepares to offer live demonstrations of BroadWeigh's wireless load cell technology.
As BroadWeigh's UK product partner, AC-ET will be giving visitors to stand E30 the chance to see the 4.75 tonne and 3.25 tonne shackles work in a live environment mapped to BroadWeigh's LOG100 software.
Matthew Millward, rigging division sales manager for AC-ET said: "Our partnership with BroadWeigh has always been extremely important to us as a company, both from a brand perspective and from a frontier technology point of view. Over the seven or so years that we have supported the brand and showed the BroadWeigh product on our stands at tradeshows, it has become apparent that showing the system in a real world environment helps our customers to better realise the full potential of the product."
He continued: "Through the course of our partnership we have seen many new additions to the product family along with upgrades and improvements to the existing products too – showing these changes on an annual basis also conveys to the end user, that the brand is not stagnant, is forward thinking and innovating. By far the most exciting aspects to new customers is the power behind the Log100 software, although when it comes to devices the Wind Speed Sensor is often the most intriguing."
Jonathan Purdue, BroadWeigh's business development manager at BroadWeigh added: "PLASA is an important show for us – i

 
 
pole-op-1Doughty gears up for IBC and PLASA 2017
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

UK - Doughty Engineering is set to unveil a new version of its popular Space Saver this month. The Space Saver Omega will make its debut on the company's stand at IBC in Amsterdam on the 15 September and on 17 September at PLASA London.
Mark Chorley, design engineer at Doughty said: "We introduced the original Space Saver this time last year – a really simple concept that we designed after considering how cumbersome a clamp can be to store and transport. The idea that it can be folded down and therefore easier to store and transport, has really been a huge benefit to our customers. But we always see room for improvement – we've made a few tweaks to make the item even more user friendly. It's all under wraps – a little bit cloak and dagger at the moment – but we're confident our customers won't be disappointed."
Doughty will also release a face-lifted Grip Head at IBC. Mark explained: "The new Grip Head has been made using new tooling to improve the overall finish and gripping qualities. We're sure our customers who are already familiar with the product will really notice the difference."
Doughty's new Pole Operated Yoke as well as its range of clamps, pantographs and other kit designed with the film and TV industry in mind will feature on the IBC stand whilst at PLASA, Doughty's Three Position Tank Trap will also make an appearance alongside industry favourites like the Modular Rigging System.
Mark concluded: "Year on year we are going from strength to strength, both within the broadcast industry, in the world of theatre and live enter

 
cable-plugTen 47 launches Powerline QC at PLASA 2017
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

UK - Ten 47 officially launches its Powerline QC connector to the market PLASA 2017. Having won an award for innovation at last year’s show and after extensive field trials, the two-piece Single Pole 500 amp connector will be shipping from stock in early October.
Building on the proven original Powerline connector series with familiar safety features such as mechanical keying, colour coded insulators and IP2X finger proof contacts, the Ten 47 " QC " range offers many enhancements over existing designs. New innovations include improved insulator strength, retained louvre band (IP protected), centred contact alignment, low connector mating forces and environmental sealing to IP68.
In addition, the proprietary sandwich contact retention system within a two piece insulator body allows replaceable front ends and eliminates the need for a "Cotter/dowel pin" common on similar products ensuring reduced assembly and maintenance times.
Line drain connectors are supplied with an integral thumb use release key allowing the operator a quick and safe way to disconnect. Powerline QC has been fully tested to be compatible with all leading brands.
The company will also be displaying - on Stand F50 - many products from its extensive portfolio including cable ramps, multipin connectors and cabling solutions from sister company Lex Products.
To register to attend the PLASA Show, visit: www.plasashow.com
(Jim Evans)

 
 
2-meijsies-op-het-strand3ÉPIX Strip IPs create memorable stage setting
Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Belgium - The largest summer beach festival in Belgium and one of the most popular in Northern Europe, 2 Meisjes op het Strand, is known for more than just music.
Also drawing thousands of fans and attracting a large national TV audience on Flemish network VTM are the breathtaking harbour vistas at the festival site. At this year’s event, Michiel Milbou and his team at Never Fear Shadows did justice to the festival’s music and its surroundings with a stunning stage and lighting design that featured 410 Chauvet Professional ÉPIX Strip IP fixtures, supplied by Phlippo Productions.
Never Fear Shadows’ design concept for the festival was built around a 60m x 20m translucent stage structure built exclusively from the ÉPIX Strip IP fixtures. The structure provided sizzling visual support for the music of K3, Niels Destadsbader, Gers Pardoel and other stars. At the same time, it also allowed the audience (both live and television) to take in the beautiful scenic backdrop around the festival.
Unlike a black backdrop or video wall, which are the norms on large festival stages, Never Fear Shadows’ radical opaque ÉPIX Strip IP structure provided an interesting visual alternative for festivalgoers and television spectators alike. This was particularly important for TV viewers during sweeping panoramic shots of the festival.
“The long and thin batten shapes of the ÉPIX fixtures functioned as ideal building blocks for the structure whilst simultaneously doubling as the lighting sources,” said Milbou. “As a result, we were able to fu

 
MDG Celebrates 40 Years of PLASA LondonMDG Celebrates 40 Years of PLASA London
Tuesday, 5 September 2017

UK - At 37 years old, MDG knows all about longevity and the value of creating high quality products for its clients. With this in mind, MDG UK will be celebrating PLASA’s milestone 40th Anniversary with a selection of its award-winning and world-renowned haze and fog generators. These rock-solid machines continue to cement MDG’s long-standing reputation for the finest and most reliable atmosphere generators on the market.
The ATMe haze generator, the ME2 fog generator and the ICE FOG COMPACK low fog generator will be shown on Stand D50, alongside theONE award-winning dual fog and haze generator, and complemented by theFAN, the indispensible variable speed digital fan.
MDG’s ATMe haze generator is a development of the industry standard MDG Atmosphere haze generator. It shares the same compact dimensions, but with increased output and power efficiency, and the added advantage of DMX-RDM controllability. An optional portable carry kit sets a new standard in portability by allowing ATMe’s gas canister to be stored securely beneath the generator. From this position it can be operated horizontally without the gas line freezing to generate haze exactly where you want it.
The dual output Me2 fog generator will be representing the Me Series, the latest in MDG technology, which brings a higher degree of controllability and a more powerful output to the MDG family. With each model sporting DMX-controlled variable fog output, the Me Series is available in four sizes: Me1, Me2, Me4 and Me8.
MDG’s ever-popular ICE FOG COMPACK HP is a self-contai

 
 
unusualrope-assembliesl-to-r-alan-jacobi-terry-hitchen-siobhan-hitchen-brian-rose2Rope Assemblies joins the Unusual family
Tuesday, 5 September 2017

UK - Retford-based Rope Assemblies has been bought by the Unusual group of companies following the decision by its owners to take early retirement. Rope Assemblies has been supplying bespoke wire and fibre rope assemblies, plus a wide range of lifting equipment, to its customer base worldwide since 1986 and this will continue to be the case.
Alan Jacobi, managing director at Unusual, explained: "We recognise Rope Assemblies as a good fit to our business, it is managed well and served by an experienced and long standing workforce. Our intention is to allow Rope Assemblies to continue doing what it has been doing extremely well for the last 30 years. We will bring the brand under the Unusual umbrella but everything else will remain the same. We intend using the acquisition as a way of improving our market offer to existing clients and to cultivate the wider industrial sector. Rope Assemblies has been a family business for over three decades – it is now joining the Unusual family and will continue to flourish."
Siobhan Hitchen, managing director of Rope Assemblies, added: "After working for the last 20 years with a fabulous team at Rope Assemblies Ltd I have decided to take the opportunity for an early retirement. The company, started by my parents Mary and Terry Hitchen in 1986, has grown from strength to strength and now, following the purchase by Alan Jacobi and his team at Unusual, has the opportunity to grow even further."
Alan and Peta Jacobi will become directors of Rope Assemblies together with Unusual's finance director, Brian Rose. They wil

 
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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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