UK - Stage Electrics has joined forces with Admiral Staging to deliver a key enhancement to Birmingham’s Resorts World Arena. Together, they have developed and implemented a new, dynamic disability viewing platform, significantly improving accessibility and convenience for patrons at one of the UK's foremost event venues.

The collaboration between Stage Electrics and Admiral Staging was initiated when Resorts World Arena sought a solution to enhance the mobility of their existing disability viewing platform. Recognising the challenges posed by the platform's weight and immobility, Stage Electrics' resident staging expert, Mike Clarke, devised a tailored solution to address the client's needs effectively.

Mike Clarke comments, "Our team's dedication to finding innovative solutions is at the heart of what we do. We were thrilled to provide the team a

Denmark - Motor Stage Automation (MSA), has made a substantial investment – over 100 pieces – in equipment from industry leading brand Moveket, comprising 125 Kg and 500 Kg Moveket VMK-S C1 variable speed silent hoists, 125 Kilo Moveket VMW-S high speed winches, Moveket I-Motion Expert-T III and I-Motion Basic control consoles, together with Moveket V-Motion Drives – both E40 and E75 units.

This was supplied to MSA via Danish distributor Matrix Sales and has been added to MSA’s rental stock to help meet current trends and demands in the busy and wonderful world of performance automation.

“Moveket is a premium name in automation, their products are known for their quality and versatility, and as MSA is a truly independent business dedicated to delivering the very best and most innovative solutions for our clients, it is important to have thi

Germany - HOF is known for offering and supplying everything from design to production from a single source and now has its own powder coating facility. This gives HOF greater speed and flexibility in the coating of trusses.

The powder coating system consists of fully and semi-automated coating lines, which are used depending on the component in order to achieve the best possible result.

At the heart of the new powder coating system are the 2.7m wide, 3m high and 10m long ovens, which are one of the most advanced and largest in the region. In total, components weighing over two tons can be moved and coated.

A special highlight is the new heavy-duty coating specially developed by HOF, which provides the trusses with a robust and resistant HD coating. HOF offers the HD coating in black, but also in all other RAL colours.

HOF can now coa

UK - Prolight Concepts (UK) has announced a distribution partnership with Konligo in the UK. Konligo creates temporary structures and coverings which ‘unfold exceptional designs for event organizers and their visitors whilst fascinating the world with beauty, strength, and the convenience of deployable structures’. “This collaboration once again further bolsters our product offering and expands our portfolio of brands,” says Prolights.

Scissor structures are pre-constructed and instantly deployable, thereby significantly reducing transport, assembly time and installation costs. Their products are multi-functional and have aesthetic appeal meaning they can be used as tents, stage coverings, entrance arches, screens, brand activation and so much more.

UK - Penn Elcom, the manufacturer of flightcase hardware, racking, speaker component, cabling, LED lighting and other related elements, is celebrating 50 years in business. Founded in 1974 by Roger Willems, initially focusing on metals and anodising, the company has expanded and diversified over the five decades and is now producing and supplying an array of vital entertainment industry related infrastructural elements, which are fabricated from bases in the UK, US, Germany and China in a tightly co-ordinated operation involving over 600 full-time employees.

“So many fantastic people have contributed to making Penn Elcom what it is today,” says Roger. “Their collective personalities, foresight and diligence have helped shape the strong brand identity that sees us achieve this landmark anniversary. I want to say a huge and sincere thankyou to each and e

France - HOF has confirmed the appointment of Sonoss as a sales partner for France. The Lille-based company markets and produces products for the stage, architecture, commercial and event sectors.

Philippe Coudyser, CEO at Sonoss, says: “Founded in 1984, our company has a large of experience in live event technology. We are looking forward to working with HOF as we know HOF as a reliable company that develops and manufactures high quality products tailored to the needs of our markets. Thanks to our location in Lille, at the crossroads between Paris, Brussels and London, we can assist our customers with any national or European project.”

Edwin Duivelaar, export & sales manager at HOF, adds: “We are delighted to have found in Sonoss an established and recognised partner who shares our ambitious growth objectives.”

Sonoss will offer

USA - ESTA’s Technical Standard Programme has announced seven documents now in public review. These documents, along with their respective public review forms and instructions, are available from the TSP’s Public Review Documents download page, found at https://tsp.esta.org/publicreview. Return the public review form, and any comments you may have, before the deadline shown.

BSR E1.31, Lightweight streaming protocol for transport of DMX using ACN

This draft is a revision of ANSI E1.31 – 2018, which describes a mechanism to transfer DMX512A packets over a TCP/IP network using a subset of the ACN protocol suite. It covers data format, data protocol, data addressing, and network management, including support for both IPv4 and IPv6. It also outlines a synchronization method to help ensure that multiple sinks can process this data concurren

Europe – Area Four Industries’ A4I.TV Trussing and Rigging Television has released a new educational video in which technical director, Norbert Tripp discusses the correct and, most importantly, safe use of Cubes in Truss assemblies.

As a member of the Rigging Commandos group, Norbert brings a wealth of valuable knowledge, experience, and tricks to the field of trussing and rigging.

The video takes a close look at the different types of available Cubes. ‘You will learn what properties they have and that the installation situation is decisive as to whether a Light-duty or Heavy-duty Cube should be used. So, you can be sure of achieving maximum safety and effectiveness for your structure.’

UK - Midwich UK&I companies, PSCo and Sound Technology, have signed an exclusive distribution deal with StageSmarts, the manufacturer of intelligent power distribution used in touring, festivals, and prestigious venues all over the world.
From this week, the full line up of intelligent power distribution solutions from StageSmarts is available through both companies in the UK.
Steve Fay, managing director at Sound Technology, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome StageSmarts to our market-leading professional audio and professional lighting portfolios. We’re always looking at ways to support our customers in delivering successful events and adding the intelligent power distribution products into our mix means they can have peace of mind by protecting their equipment, the event, and their investment.”
Stuart Holmes, executive director for solutions at PSCo

UK - Madonna kicked off her twelfth concert tour in October 2023 at the O2 Arena in London. With 81 shows on the schedule, visiting cities in North America, Europe and South America, the tour is due to conclude on 4 May 2024, with a free concert at the Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This is Madonna’s first retrospective tour, highlighting her more than four decade-long recording career.
With each new city, comes a new venue and to handle the challenges of this tour, Art McConnell of A.M.G. Rigging was contracted as head rigger and also as the overall touring CAD drafter. Art in turn, brought Broadweigh on board to help monitor the loads.
Art commented: “I’ve been involved with the Celebration tour from the beginning. As the dancers were in rehearsals, I was gathering information for the venues, working with the creative team on how to draft their vis

Europe TAF has introduced the new PA Vertical Tower 1 (PAV1). It’s designed for safely and securely hanging heavy speaker arrays at large-scale events. Through its versatile design, the PAV1 not only serves as an independent PA tower or part of the stage setup, but also as stable support for LED walls.
Utilizing TAF’s specially designed top section and heavy-duty HT44 or TT44 truss segments with quicklock connection system, provides certified loading up to 1,000 kg at heights up to 8m.
Stability is ensured by its robust base, which accepts ballast up to 2,000 kg and features strategically placed attachment points for guy wires or manual/electric hoists. Uneven ground is easily tamed by its four independent spindles for safe and stable horizontal levelling. Outriggers are available for additional stability when required.

UK - TSL Lighting has made further significant investment in EXE Technology load monitoring and stage automation equipment, with the addition of a further x134 hoists to complement their rental stock.
Their latest investments include the new EXE Rise D8 + 350kg, a small body hoist for compact applications, D8+ 500kg and D8+ 1000kg hoists to add to their inventory, and the EXE Rise D8+ 2000kg Single Fall chain hoists, designed for use in heavy duty applications and in rugged touring environments.
TSL who are full members of - LEEA (The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association) are the first UK rental house to take delivery of the new Extra-Large Frame 2000kg hoists which boast a single chain (single fall) configuration. This partnership marks a significant milestone in advancing the quality and safety standards within the entertainment technology sector and TSL’s gro

Germany - Sixty82 has welcomed Avenion to its growing network of resellers in Germany. This addition aims to strengthen Sixty82's presence in the German market and ensures that customers have wider access to its products.
Avenion is making waves in the AV solutions sector with its fresh approach. It has quickly become known for its innovative ideas and commitment to quality. Furthermore, the team has extensive experience in the areas of rigging and trussing.
"We're really excited to have Avenion join our team," says Fokko Smeding, CEO of Sixty82. "Matthias Matthes and his crew are exactly what we look for in partners - they're young, they're innovative, and they're all about pushing the limits of what's possible. We're not just adding a reseller; we're gaining a partner that shares our vision and energy. This is going to bring some great things to the German market, a

UAE - When the UR&E team received a job enquiry back in July 2022, nothing seemed particularly out of the ordinary about it. Little would they know that 18 months later, they would be involved with one of the biggest box office successes of the year on the set of Dune: Part 2.
The epic science fiction film, produced by Legendary Pictures, directed by Denis Villenueve and distributed by Warner Bros Pictures, is the sequel to Dune (2021). It follows Paul Atriedes as he unites with the Fremen people of the desert planet Arrakis to wage war against House Harkonnen. So far this year it has grossed over $197m making it the fifth highest grossing film of 2024.
The UR&E team was asked to supply a rental of almost 2000rm of truss in 30cm, 40cm and 52cm, that required delivery as far as the Liwa Area of Abu Dhabi. Unlike other projects in theatres or arena

Europe - Area Four has released the new Exe Technology Load Cells brochure capturing the latest products and innovations in the Exe Cell and Exe Flexa ranges, part of Area Four Industries.
The Exe brand offers a wide range of chain hoists engineered to safely manoeuvre stage equipment, scenery, video walls and other related structures before, during and after your performances and is highly in demand in the live entertainment and exhibition sector and extensively stocked by most of the rental and production houses throughout the UK.
In recent years, the complexity of touring events has increased dramatically with the explosion of LED technology combined with the demands of more complex set design. The need for live load monitoring is a critical task in the safety chain to provide a secure working environment under any suspended load. Without using load cells, it is i

Kazakhstan - Sixty82 has announced a strategic partnership with AMEG Group, marking them as the exclusive distributor for Kazakhstan.
"We are delighted to partner with AMEG Group, spearheaded by the seasoned Evgeniy," expressed Fokko Smeding, CEO of SIXTY82. "Their profound market understanding and commitment to quality make them the ideal representative for our brand in Kazakhstan. We look forward to a fruitful collaboration and the mutual growth that lies ahead."
Evgeniy Davydov, sales director at AMEG Group, shared, "Being chosen as the exclusive distributor for SIXTY82 is a great honour and responsibility. Their innovation and quality are unmatched, and we are eager to integrate their solutions into our market. This partnership is a significant milestone for us and the local entertainment industry."
In a move to solidify this new alliance, Sixty82 has appoin

UK - TAIT is expanding its producing offer with the appointment of Martin Green as vice-president of global live events.
Martin brings over 20 years of experience to TAIT, with large-scale live broadcast events and festivals across the globe. Most recently he served as managing director of Eurovision, Liverpool 2023 on Behalf of Ukraine where he oversaw the delivery of the publicly acclaimed event. His portfolio also includes chief creative officer for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, director of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, and head of ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He has also acted as an advisor to Dubai Expo and the Tokyo Olympics.
Based in TAIT’s recently announced Kings Cross office, Martin will play an integral part in the company’s development and expansion of event production globally. He will oversee executive-level p

Slovakia - Show designer and director Martin Hruska wanted to create a sense of spectacle coupled with edginess and idiosyncrasy for Slovak rap star Kontrafakt’s two much-anticipated, high-profile New Eras concerts which were staged at Prague’s O2 Arena.
Kontrafakt was celebrating two decades at the cutting edge of rap, so Martin, the artist and event producers Mafia Records were on a mission to “present the biggest and most memorable show possible” in that venue, explained Martin, outlining his ambitious visual aesthetic for which he also leaned heavily into Kinesys automation.
The specialist technical discipline of automation was utilised to dramatically shift the architecture and vibes of the performance space throughout the show, all the time ensuring that the artist, who has a great connection with his fans, remained right at the centre of the action.

UK - TAIT has confirmed partnership agreements with industry groups LIVE Green and Music Sustainability Alliance to support the industry-wide mission to advance sustainability awareness and learning.
The Music Sustainability Alliance (MSA) is the hub for the music industry to learn, innovate, and collaborate to advance sustainability in the music business. They provide community, science-based solutions, resources, best practices, and tools for operational change across the industry. This month, MSA hosted the Music Sustainability Summit in Los Angeles, supported by Billboard, which marked a key milestone as the first summit of its kind in North America. TAIT’s principal sustainability advocate, Carol Scott, joined the Haul It All panel on the day to discuss what artists and tours are doing today to reduce their environmental and social impact.
LIVE, the voice

USA - EAW has welcomed Robert Scovill to the position of senior live sound market manager.
Scovill’s new role will be to work tightly with existing teams on product definition and positioning, in-person demos and trainings, as well as providing thought leadership. This will include refining and shaping all public-facing communication. These duties will include assisting with written product descriptions, as well as the listening and voicing of new and existing production-level audio systems. Scovill will drive the creation of educational how-to pieces on industry topics such as tuning and deploying large-scale ADAPTive systems, passive and active articulated systems and subwoofer arrays.
“We are excited to welcome Robert to the team - he brings decades of pro audio and live sound expertise to EAW and further demonstrates our commitment to being a leading loudspeak

USA - After nearly 45 years of landmark project deliveries and designs, Michael Nishball, principal equipment designer at Theatre Projects, is retiring at the end of this month. As a company emeritus, Michael will continue to offer his expertise as an international leader in stage machinery and will act as a sounding board on major projects and the continued expansion of Theatre Projects.
“‘Departing,’ ‘leaving,’ ‘ceasing,’ ‘re-careering,’ ‘transitioning,’ ‘bowing out’... anything but ‘retiring,’” shares Michael. “My confidence in being a stage equipment designer and theatre technical planner emerged directly from my youth spent as a rigging installer and contractor.
“I often say that we are in the construction industry and the skills required to make a contribution to the project should be informed as much from how it gets built as

Europe - Light and Sound Design (LSD) Serbia is now officially an exclusive SRS Group distributor for Serbia, Kosovo, and the Balkan region.
“Immediately after LSD reached out to us, we quickly understood that they are a very well-established company, that anyone would like to collaborate with,” says Samuel Sloboda, CEO of SRS Group. “For over 20 years, Milan (the CEO of LSD) and his team have been doing a great job evolving the entertainment industry in the Balkan region from the heart of Serbia - Belgrade. With the extensive time investment LSD put into the construction of its new futuristic building, we are thrilled to see the Balkan market expand and prosper, as we are sure LSD is future-proof and absolutely ready for it.”
LSD covers all areas of the industry - rental companies, theatres, television and movie production companies, hotels, bars and clubs,

UK - Neg Earth Lights has invested in the Apex complete solution to high end chain hoist control applications.
Rick Williamson, motors & automation manager shares: “These are exciting times for Neg Earth with the investment in Apex. Not only does this system meet the current legislative safety standards but it allows us to fulfil higher demands when it comes to our customers’ requirements during shows.”
The Neg Earth team visited Kinesys to learn more about the Apex system in preparation for their first tour. “Thanks, Jon Winn, for such an informative day,” adds Williamson.

UK - Event production and audio-visual Installation company, Spotlight Sound has announced that Ashton Gold will join the team as account manager.
Ashton comes to Spotlight Sound from The Lion Inn in Boreham where she was the event planner.
“I will be fundamental in liaising between the client and technicians from the planning to execution of their event,” says Ashton. “My role means that the technicians can fully concentrate on the production of the event and I can make sure everything else runs smoothly.”
Sam Dimond, director of Spotlight Sound adds: “We’re really pleased to welcome Ashton onto the team. Her experience in planning and running events will be fundamental to the ongoing success and growth of Spotlight Sound.”
Spotlight Sound produces a spread of events including the Willow Ball and London Football Awards. Last year they prov

Latest Issue. . .