UK - Following on from the unprecedented success of their first tour in 2014, McBusted are back with a new 21 date arena tour. Captivating fans with a set theme inspired by iconic moments of the late 80's and early 90's including a giant arcade game, the tour is already a huge success.

It was Le Mark's large scale print team who produced the 360sq.m of custom printed floor which became the centre piece of the arcade-themed set. Working together with Production North, Le Mark's design team created a reusable jig-saw style layout. This essentially allowed the floor to be easily installed, then rolled up, transported and reused at every venue on the tour.

Le Mark's Kirsty Fisher commented, "Our print team did an amazing job on this project. Every section was meticulously printed and inspected to ensure each floor piece lined up along the staging and numerous ramped areas. It

UK - Behind the Scenes UK, the new industry charity, has just issued its first grant to a technician who suffered severe injuries from a fall while at work. Dealing with multiple surgeries and a long recovery process was hard enough, but trying to take care of his young family with no income during this critical time proved overwhelming. Then someone suggested he apply to Behind the Scenes UK.

Behind the Scenes UK is modelled after Behind the Scenes in North America which has issued over half a million dollars in grants since its inception. Each application is carefully reviewed by a committee and each grant is tailored to assist with the recipient's most pressing needs. Funds may be used for basic living expenses such as rent or mortgage and utilities, transportation such as car insurance or repairs, medical related expenses, retraining, or funeral expenses.

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Germany - Netherlands-based manufacturer and supplier of truss constructions, stages and complete event hardware, Eurotruss displayed its four main product groups: structures, stages, lifters and stage decks. In terms of structures, Eurotruss showed its upgraded Pre Rig Truss (PRT), the new Ladder Beam truss HD22 and the reinforced Mega Truss Series TTU and TTS.Next to that the brand new Eurotruss Lifters range (wind up stands) will be presented.

Within the product group the new Tunnel Roof series will be featured along with the PR15 Monster Roof. A special spot is reserved to display the fully integrated stage frame (Ballast Safe) that integrates towers in steel scaffolding stages. The established Eurotruss Stage Decks will also be present.

(Jim Evans)

Germany - Flightcase and loudspeaker component manufacturer Penn Elcom highlights its new Case Automation machine on stand D20 in Hall 9 at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt this year, which is designed to assist case makers' operations become more efficient.

Case Automation has been designed and engineered to aid specific elements of the production process by speeding up some of the most difficult and challenging tasks associated with case making e.g. punching extrusion and others.

Penn Elcom's Case Automation system has a footprint of just one metre square and the machine costs around 10,000 Euros, depending on which sets of quick-change tools are selected from an array of available options.

Cutting 19 inch rack rails for example becomes extremely straightforward using Case Automation.

When doing this manually, the physical cutting is wasteful and long-winded as the rail has t

UK - At the end of April 2015, both Lighting&Sound International sales manager Barry Howse and sales executive Jane Cockburn will be leaving LSi after over twenty years of working with PLASA's members, advertisers and readers and exhibitors and visitors. LSi editor Lee Baldock comments: "On behalf of the entire PLASA Media team, I want to thank Barry and Jane for their many years of hard work and thousands of miles of travel undertaken in our cause. We will all miss them and wish them the very best in the future."

Barry Howse joined LSi in March of 1992 as Advertising Manager, then as Media Sales Manager. He also served on the PLASA Exhibitor Working Group. Jane joined in 1993 as LSi's sales coordinator, then Media Sales Executive and has also regularly provided valuable organisational support for a succession of Showlight events which Jane will continue to work on. Bo

Germany - XLNT Advanced Technologies is launching the new CyberHoist II system at ProLight+Sound, Frankfurt in Hall 9.0, booth E88.

CyberHoist II is the second generation of the world's first intelligent, variable speed chain hoist specifically designed for heavy-duty, worldwide touring and large-scale events. The system has already proven to be an instant hit with safety conscious professionals across the world.

Designed and manufactured by entertainment motion control systems expert XLNT, CyberHoist II has - right after its release - been ordered by customers in Europe (Germany, Belgium, Finland, Georgia and The Netherlands) and Asia (Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, Israel and Kazakhstan), with first performances on projects varying from Linkin Park's critically acclaimed dynamic set for the band's European tour to the recent KinKi Kids arena shows in Japan, to name but a few.


Germany - Doughty Engineering's award winning Modular Rigging System will be launched in mainland Europe at Frankfurt. Doughty took its prototype range of Drop Arms and H-Frames to Frankfurt last and it was the astounding reaction and positive feedback from delegates at the show that persuaded Doughty to develop the concept.

Turn the clock forward a year and the Modular Rigging System is riding high on a wave of success, having won the ABTT Award for Engineering (again, while still only a prototype) and with demand for the range surpassing all expectations.

Mark Chorley, design engineer at Doughty, explained, "When we first set out to create this range, we knew that it had all the ingredients to become a success story. For years, we have seen lighting designers and riggers make their own version of a drop arm out of whatever bits and pieces they had lying around. The resu

UK - The Olivier Award winning play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time took to the road on in December 2014 for a one year UK tour.

Having wowed UK audiences since it opened at the National's Cottesloe Theatre in August 2012, the production transferred to the Apollo Theatre in March 2013 and is currently playing at the Gielgud Theatre. Keen to ensure the tour is equally successful, Damian Partington, production manager, National Theatre Productions, brought Unusual Rigging on board to help ensure a flawless move between venues and supply a range of rigging equipment.

Damian explained, "The Curious Incident tells the story of a 15-year-old boy as he aims to solve the mystery of who murdered his neighbour's dog and it's a show that Unusual Rigging is very familiar with since they worked with us on the version that's currently on at the Gielgud

UK - J&C Joel has strengthened its management team as the business positions itself for future growth. With more than 50% of its sales already coming from international exports, the British company has achieved global reach through an international network of offices and now exports to over 75 countries worldwide, providing products such as front of house theatre curtains, stage backdrops, acoustic drapes, projection screens and an array of stage engineering solutions.

In the last two years J&C Joel has increased its export turnover by 78 per cent. Recent years have seen the company work on a number of high profile global projects, including New York University Campus in Abu Dhabi, the 2014 Sochi Games, the Venetian Hotel & Resort in Macau and the world famous Pacha nightclub, to name a few.

Fiona Blackett, previously the managing director of J&C Joel's Hong Kong Office, has n

UK - OneBigStar supplied full technical production across eight sites at Aintree Racecourse for the 2015 Crabbie's Grand National Festival. Working directly with Accept Management who were appointed by Jockey Club Racecourses to provide an impressive programme of entertainment and production management for the prestigious sporting event.

Music acts performed in the Aintree International Equestrian Centre throughout the three days of the Festival. The line-up included local legends, The Christians on the Grand Opening Day, followed by X Factor and I'm A Celebrity star Jake Quickenden on Ladies' Day and The Stars from the Commitments on the day of the Grand National itself.

With many of the race goers staying on to enjoy the entertainment, it was vital that OneBigStar delivered the highest standards of production at this hugely popular event. They brought along a full festival s

Spain - Equipson has agreed to acquire the fabrication business developed by Fantek, the Spanish manufacturer that specialises in truss structures and lifting towers. Says Equipson, "This acquisition results in an implementation of the know-how of Fantek, aligned with the corporate strategy of Equipson, as the company has been making big efforts to differentiate its divisions in clearly separated areas: audio, lighting and lifters. The addition of the industrial activity of Fantek will reinforce the lifting solutions division."

With this operation, Equipson incorporates a new manufacturing plant and facilities which promises greater production and commercial capabilities.

"Our purpose is to strengthen the specialisation of our different brands, expand possibilities and offer a wider range of lifting and structure solutions to the professionals of the audio and l

Germany - The three-day International Stage Technology Conference takes place in Berlin from 9 to 11 June 2015. The international conference organised by Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft (DTHG) comprises 130 events. Topics will include theatre planning, scenography/design, make-up, international projects, exhibition design and museum technology, media technology and sustainability, safety, stage technology, sound systems and lighting. Simultaneous interpreting into English and German will be available at the events.

On 9 June, Brigitte Zypries, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, will open the symposium under the heading of Theatres and cultural spaces - urban centres and their continuous metamorphosis and cultural adaptation in the 21st century by delivering a keynote speech.

At the symposium a variety of concepts will

UK - Vauxhall Holiday Park in Great Yarmouth has invested over £300,000 in East Anglia's new premier music locale; the new V-Arena entertainment venue.

The new venue has the capacity to hold just over 2,000 people with a host of artists planned to perform in 2015.

The main PA system used for all the weekender events and the major events in the five star park's own calendar is a d&b audiotechnik system from Reboss Services comprising of 24 C7s and 8 B2 Subs. Dedicated solely to Vauxhall Holiday Park, the system uses exclusively Van Damme cabling from UK cable specialist VDC Trading.

Also installed by Reboss Services in the V Arena at Vauxhall Holiday Park are two independent Van Damme multicore systems. The first comprises a 48 way analogue multicore with a separate 8-way return, all on VDM multi-pin connectors at both ends with a comprehensive VDC splitter system total

Germany - MDG, the manufacturer of premiere fog, haze and low fog generators, celebrated its 35th anniversary at Prolight+Sound, Frankfurt with the release of three new fog generators.

The Me Series has been designed as the next stage in MDG's evolution of fog and represents a new family of generators with a higher degree of controllability and a powerful output from a compact chassis.

Me1 is the smallest of the Me family with a single nozzle output that can produce up to 100m3 (3,521 ft3) of fog per minute. It is unique in offering a MAX 3000 configuration setting.

Me2 is the powerful twin of the Me1, housed in the same size chassis but with twice the power and a dual output of 200m3 (7,063 ft3) per minute.

Me4's powerful quadruple output produces up to 400m3 (14,126 ft3) of fog per minute and is the ideal generator for applications requiring seriously high quantities of

UK - The Technical Department Ltd, a specialist electrical contractor providing generators, switchgear, transformers, cabling and lighting for events worldwide, are a proud Bronze Corporate Benefactor of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in Kensington Gardens, London.

"The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2015 has been designed by SelgasCano, our team look forward to supporting them later this year," the company says.

UK / Belgium - As AED Master Distribution, with its HQ in Belgium, continues to expand to new territories with brands such as High End Systems and QSC Pro Audio, the company has recently added a couple of new profiles to its team.

The first new team member is Paul Young, who has been appointed as Brand Manager Rigging. Paul brings over 20 years' of the Live Entertainment sector and a wealth of experience gained in rigging and stage lighting to the position.

AED Distribution currently distributes some of the industry's leading rigging brands including the Prolyte trussing & staging range and Columbus McKinnon hoists, and wishes to add Young's experience to this rapidly growing area of their business. His role will primarily be to manage the brands and the link between manufacturer and the expanding AED sales team to ensure end users benefit from a truly focussed relationship wi

UK - Acorn Event Structures has been awarded the prestigious contract to provide the complete staging package for the UK's No.1 electronic music festival - Creamfields. Held on the August back holiday, Creamfields is now considered the premier electronic music festival in the UK and attracts an audience of 70,000 to its Daresbury Estate venue.

Acorn will supply two 60m wide outdoor stage roofs using their Space Roof product combined with steel truss video wings to support 730sq.m of LED screen. Each main stage will be supplied complete with a newly designed cowshed arrangement, front-of-house structures and delay towers. In addition to the main stages, Acorn will also provide over 900sq.m of standalone stage platforms and wheelchair user platforms across 8 indoor arenas at the festival using its modular Layher decking system.

Ian Greenway, director of production company LarMac

UK - Rope Assemblies has announced that Linda Martin has been promoted to operations director.

Linda started with Rope Assemblies in October 2006 and during her time as operations manager has taken the company through ISO9001:2008 and recently also achieved the EN795 standard for anchor strops.

"Linda is an invaluable member of the team and has been instrumental in achieving the Quality Standards for the company and the development of new exciting products. We all wish her all the very best in her new role," says the company.

(Jim Evans)

Germany - UK based motion control specialist Kinesys launched its new Pathfinder system at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt which was a great success.

The energy levels in Hall 9 of the Messe exhibition centre and specifically on and around the Kinesys booth were definitely up on 2014, and once again, the brand attracted a lot of interest from multiple market sectors and visitors from all over the world.

The launch of Pathfinder reinforced Kinesys' confidence in the exhibition as a major international gateway for the entertainment technology industry. It also built on the last 12 months' drive to get the brand further established within new territories, of which the company's inaugural Prolight exhibition in 2014 was an integral part.

"We were exceptionally pleased with the interest in Pathfinder and in Kinesys generally," underlines MD Dave Weatherhead.


UK - From its award-winning venue, to its business only focus and change in opening hours, PLASA 2015 has its sights firmly set on providing a show that delivers on every level.

"This will be our third year at London's ExCeL," says Christopher Toulmin, director of Events Division at PLASA. "Relocating events is never an easy decision to make but the closure of Earls Court made it inevitable. Our move to ExCeL- the only venue in London that can fully support the technical requirements of our industry- has proved the right decision and has enabled us to pursue our exciting plans for development."

With a track record of hosting world-leading events such as PLASA London, ExCeL is the UK's largest exhibition and conference venue and a compelling destination for business professionals. Part of a 100 acre campus, ExCeL boasts easy transport links to central London

UK - As one of Prolyte's distributors for the UK, AED Distribution UK are uniquely placed to provide a raft of solutions to Prolyte users by combining services from the AED Toolbox with the Prolyte trussing & staging offering.

First of those solutions is free product training and support. On 22 and 23 April a Prolyte Campus was held at the Distribution UK facility located in High Wycombe.

Over 20 professionals attended during the two days, taking away a variety of hands-on experience and real-life experiments.

The Campus is a Prolyte Group driven initiative to support its customers with the best and most up-to-date knowledge available. Providing the tools and training to use the Prolyte Group products safely and in compliance with applicable standards and regulations will help them in performing better.

Prolyte Campus offers a complete programme of learning activities to c

UK - Cliff Electronics continues to expand their range of internationally renowned audio jack sockets with a number of new product introductions.

The new S1 industry standard ¼" offset nose space saving narrow body jack socket offers equipment manufacturers higher PCB packing densities. The S1 may be specified with an optional integral chassis grounding contact which connects to the barrel of plug for maximum earth continuity ensuring lowest noise signals and maximum safety. The new offset nose jack socket is available in all nose thread variants. Applications for this new space saving jack socket include musical instruments and amplifiers, effects pedals and all audio equipment where space is at a premium.

Extending their range of 3.5mm jack sockets Cliff have introduced the S9 range of stereo switched jack sockets. The S9 features contacts engineered with advanced cont

Germany - Entertainment motion control systems expert XLNT Advanced Technologies enjoyed a busy and successful Prolight+Sound show in Frankfurt with the launch of CyberHoist II, the second generation of the world's first intelligent, variable speed chain hoist.

The system has been designed for heavy-duty, worldwide touring and large-scale events. Already proven to be an instant hit with safety conscious professionals across the world, it went out on several productions immediately after initial customers took delivery. Amongst those was the Linkin Park tour, where it delivered fast and precise automation of the arena show's moving elements.

"We were delighted to have Ingo Koenzen, show operator for the recent Linkin Park tour, on stand with us at ProLight," says XLNT's Director of Sales and Marketing Marc van der Wel. "He, along with Sebastian Habrechtsmeier, Cy

Denmark / USA - Neets is entering the US market in cooperation with its new distributor Starin Marketing. Starin is committed to creating the foundation to make Neets Control Systems the natural choice for classroom and meeting room control by integrators.

With over 100,000 control systems deployed, Neets has focused on developing reliable, user friendly and effective room control systems for the AV-integrators around the world. Configuration of the control systems is straightforward without code complexity with Neets Project Designer software.

Starin and Neets recognize the essential trifecta in a successful integrator partnership. Reliable product, dedicated support and profitable programs. Versatility to meet the end-users individual needs is also what sets Neets apart. Neets US keypad control systems will fit into standard US back-boxes.

For over a decade, Neets has spec

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