Rigging and Staging News

infocomm-2018-stand-raw-edited-cmykCurrent RMS enjoys successful InfoComm
Friday, 15 June 2018

USA - Celebrating its third year of exhibiting at InfoComm, Current RMS demonstrated its rental management software to all that came by stand C1510 over the three days.
Since last year’s show, Current RMS has released a number of new features, showing that it’s expanding as per the changing needs of the industry the cloud-based software was built for.
Do a Deal, the most recent feature update, was well received by booth visitors, providing users with the ability to set a round figure on quotes and orders they create for their clients. For example, if a job comes out at £6,453, it can be rounded up or down to create a neater price and much friendlier quotations. Deal prices are flexible, and can be set on product groups, or the entire job, distributing the change in revenue accordingly and allowing users to keep track of the profitability for each job.
Alongside this update, Current has introduced other features for the AV, lighting & staging industry, including Global Check-in. This additional feature makes it easy to get all kit returning from multiple jobs, checked in and back on the shelves as quickly as possible, simply by scanning or manually entering your way through the assets.
Current thrives off feedback from customers, with all updates to the system built with feedback from its open Customer Wishlist in mind. Users simply pitch their own ideas or add votes onto others with what they’d like to see in the system.
(Jim Evans)

group-1Milos holds training in Czech Republic and China
Thursday, 14 June 2018

Europe/Asia - Milos held its annual product academies at its bases in Roudnice nad Labem, the Czech Republic (13-14 April), and in Guangzhou, China (10-11 May).
The two-day product academy has been designed to provide attendees with the knowledge and skills for working safer while carrying out rigging duties and constructing support structures.
The Czech Republic event brought together local attendees, but also visitors from Slovakia, Germany, England, Scotland and Australia. The product academy in China drew attendees from China, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, as well as from Australia, New Zealand and Kenya.
Eric Porter, certified rigging consultant and internationally renowned rigging professional, gave rigging presentations and provided rigging consultations. Norbert Tripp, Area Four Industries technical director and structural engineer, held presentations that covered the ins and outs of static calculation theory. Both took questions from participants, going into deeper group and one-on-one discussions to provide answers and give practical advice on rigging procedures and working safely with various structures.
Michal Zykan, Milos sales coordinator, covered truss design, while brand manager Marek Zubor took workshop participants on tours of each factory. Key personnel from both factories provided attendees with a complete overview of products and carried out dedicated product demonstrations. On each evening, attendees were treated to a fun and exciting night of entertainment.
At the conclusion of each academy, attendees rec

ca14956Protec Europe delivers for Xerox Forum 2018
Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Poland - Protec European Events partnered with their client Xerox once again to deliver the audio, lighting, video and rigging at the Xerox Forum 2018 held in Warsaw.
This event, held in the Doubletree Hilton from 22-24 May, included three days of presentations and 23 seminar sessions with the highlight being the Xerox International Operations Premiere of the new Xerox IridesseTM Production Press.
Xerox hosted 400 of their top graphic communications customers, resellers and business partners from around the world.
The project ran in a few separate spaces or scenes – a daytime conference, a pre-reveal with Kabuki curtain, the reveal element and finally, the conference and demonstrations on the new machine.
Sean Godefroy, HOD Protec video, chose three Barco 20k projectors, one for each side screen and one for a kabuki drop drape projection. He chose the Christie Spyder X20 due to its flexibility and reliability to cater for any instance.
The audio team chose the unobtrusive Nexo Geo M6 line array to cover the 6m high, long, wide room. The rig was designed by Simon King, PM at Protec, checked by Ben Waters HOD of Audio and operated on site by sound engineer Gareth Taylor. Everything was operated from a Yamaha QL5.
The main arrays were supported by four Nexo LS18 subs, all ground stacked which provided extended low frequency response. On stage for monitoring Waters chose to use d&b speakers, powered by d&b D series amplifiers.
Project manager Wayne Jackson explained why Protec Europe chose the Sennheiser FBG3 wireles

Verity plans expansion in live events sector
Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Switzerland - Verity Studios AG, an indoor drone technology specialist, has announced that it has raised $18m in a Series A funding round. Fontinalis Partners, a venture capital firm focused on next-generation mobility technologies, led the round. Other investors include Airbus Ventures, Sony Innovation Fund, and Kitty Hawk. Verity plans to use this funding to expand its live events business, with a heavy focus on US growth, as well as to expand into other commercial verticals.
“Verity has assembled an exceptional team, with credibility, valuable IP, and extensive technical know-how, all while building a fast-growing business in the live events market,” says Chris Cheever, co-founder and partner at Fontinalis. “Our firm was founded to invest in and help scale the world’s best mobility technologies, and what Verity has developed has broad applicability beyond entertainment, in the drone industry and in many commercial contexts.” As part of the financing, Chris Cheever will be joining Verity’s board of directors to support its expansion.
Founded in 2014, Verity was the first company to bring autonomous indoor drones to live events. Founder Raffaello D’Andrea, a leading robotics and AI expert, was a co-founder of Kiva Systems, which was acquired by Amazon in 2012 and is now operating as Amazon Robotics. “We worked hard to identify the right investors who share our vision for Verity. We are thrilled to work with our new investment team to accelerate our growth and expand operations,” says D’Andrea. “We will continue to deliver cutting-ed

roger-1ABTT Theatre Awards 2018 winner revealed
Tuesday, 12 June 2018

UK - The winners of the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) Theatre Awards 2018 have been announced.
The awards ceremony took place on 6 June (Wednesday) at Alexandra Palace, London.
The five awards for sound, lighting, engineering, widget and stand were complemented by a special award to mark the retirement of Roger Fox, the theatre show's director, acknowledging his 40 years work on building and developing the event since 1978.

The winners, who were picked by an experienced jury of working practitioners and industry peers, are listed below, along with the jury's comments:

ABTT Sound Product of the Year
EM Acoustics for EMS-41
"This speaker features a compact design with a 4” driver and coaxial compression driver, producing similar output to the larger EMS-51, but at half the size, and below half the weight.
"This compact unit is ideal for placing discretely in positions where visual impact needs to be minimal, and the multiple connection options to the rear of the unit means it will integrate efficiently with existing infrastructure."

ABTT Lighting Product of the Year
Martin for Mac Encore Wash
"A suitable - and long-overdue - alternative to a discontinued tungsten moving head favourite, has been delivered with the Martin Mac Encore Wash.
"Both cool and warm output versions of the unit come complete with CMY colour mixing and fixed colour wheels, beam shaping and effects. These features combine with

boxclever-websafeFlightcase Warehouse acquires Box Clever Cases
Monday, 11 June 2018

UK - Flightcase Warehouse has acquired Production Park-based heavy-duty case company Box Clever Cases, effective 4 June.
The deal reflects an “ambitious growth strategy”, which has seen the Tamworth flight case manufacturer invest in “product, people and process”. Flightcase Warehouse is also launching an enhanced protective case service for Production Park businesses, including an on-demand delivery service, and is transferring all manufacturing to Tamworth.
Sam Austin, managing director of Flightcase Warehouse, comments: “The Flightcase Warehouse acquisition of Box Clever Cases complements our overall offering whilst strengthening our hand in the production and live events marketplaces through maximising the unique and exciting opportunities Production Park affords us. We’re an ambitious company continually leading the way in both exclusive services and product development, and we see our new relationship with a Production Park resident as representing a great growth trajectory.”
Box Clever Cases will continue to trade under its existing name and team. It has refreshed its logo to reflect the new alliance.
Graham Kearsley, managing director of Box Clever Cases, adds: “Through this purchase, businesses on Production Park and the wider industry alike will continue to enjoy the personalised service that they currently receive from Box Clever Cases, but with the added bespoke, manufacturing and speed benefits of Flightcase Warehouse. We’re passionate about delivering a professional, friendly and down-to-earth service and our cu

MTN Shop redesigns for efficiency
Thursday, 7 June 2018

Europe - The MTN Shop, an e-commerce platform offering entertainment, manufacturing and recreational products from industry-leading brands, has updated its websites (shopmtn.eu / shopmtn.com).
Visitors will now benefit from seamless navigation across multiple industries, with over 30 brands available from one place. The shop offers more than 10,000 products across three categories - entertainment, industrial and rope access. One major change to the MTN offering is the addition of film industry rigging gear to service the full range of entertainment rigging professionals.
Apart from enhanced aesthetics and a more advanced navigation, the websites benefit from optimised filtering and search, a live chat function, and secure online payment options. ShopMTN.eu is fully compliant with EU GDPR data protection regulations.
(Jim Evans)

ac-et-at-abtt-2018ABTT 2018: AC-ET shows extensive portfolio
Wednesday, 6 June 2018

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) will demonstrate its extensive portfolio of leading theatrical technologies - including new lighting, rigging, audio and video products from Chroma-Q, Spotlight, Follow-Me, Sixty82, BroadWeigh, Tourmate, Sennheiser, Shure and Green Hippo - at the ABTT Theatre Show 2018 this week. Highlights include:
Lighting: Chroma-Q's premium performance Color Force II LED cyclorama & effects light, and Inspire XT RGBW LED house light - both multi award-winners - and new Studio Force II high output variable white fixture; ProLights' Eclipse LED Fresnel in a choice of white colour temperatures, plus various effects lighting models; a preview of Spotlight's Hyperion 6-colour LED Profile and Fresnel, alongside many other theatrical LED fixtures; Follow-Me's remote follow spot control system for harnessing multiple moving lights from any brand in any orientation, to replace old-school follow spots; LSC's Mantra Lite console; Luminex's range of high performance lighting networking solutions; and LumenRadio's wireless DMX and RDM lighting control products.
Rigging: The new original, Sixty82 brings a fresh innovative approach to trussing and staging systems through years of experience from the industry innovators who are behind the new brand; BroadWeigh's new BW-BSd wireless USB dongle for laptops and tablets, enabling users to connect to BroadWeigh shackles at a line of sight range of up to 500m; Columbus McKinnon Entertainment's Prostar electric chain hoists designed for smaller venues; and Tourmate's new Multilock Hoist, a n

agm-snapshotPLASA Members’ Day and AGM celebrates unity and growth
Tuesday, 5 June 2018

UK - The PLASA 2018 Members’ Day and AGM took place on Thursday 31 May at the Royal College of Physicians in Regent’s Park, London to reflect upon a year of specialist projects, industry collaboration and growth.
Members and guests enjoyed a productive day with an insightful AGM, followed by a networking afternoon in the venue’s unique ‘physic’ garden. The lively guest speaker, Caroline Russell from The Ideas Centre Group, encouraged audience participation with her creative approach to problem-solving, then attendees were invited to stay for drinks into the evening.
PLASA Treasurer Mark Surtees presented the 2017 accounts and announced that PLASA is in a place of financial stability, highlighting an increase in profits due to commercial growth within Events and Media. Newly elected Chair, Adam Blaxill, added later that all profits funnel back into the Association, enabling PLASA to generate and implement more initiatives to directly benefit its members and the wider industry.
Managing Director Peter Heath described how the last 12 months has been ever-changing and that PLASA has been proactive in connecting and collaborating with its members. Blaxill bolstered this by encouraging members to get involved with the Association’s activities and work within specialist groups if they feel they have something to offer. Both Blaxill and Heath also noted that although Brexit is looming PLASA has continued to reach out to European members to help unify the industry and raise working standards.
There were several presentations f

alan-jacksonJ&C Joel appoints UK sales manager
Tuesday, 5 June 2018

UK - J&C Joel has announced the appointment of Alan Jackson as UK sales manager.
Jackson has more than 35 years’ experience in the industry including working for Hawthorn for 14 years, most recently as their installations director. He will work closely with the UK sales team to develop inclusive relationships with customers, drive a focussed approach to the UK market and raise awareness about the broad range of products J&C Joel provide.
Jackson comments: “As a Yorkshireman, it’s great to go back to my roots and work with a fantastic Yorkshire based company. I’ve had a long connection with J&C Joel and I’m really looking forward to developing the UK sales team, meeting customers and raising the profile of the team and the company’s products and services.”
J&C Joel CEO James Wheelwright adds: “Alan is a great addition to our senior management team. He brings many years of experience, has extensive knowledge of our products and services and is a well-known industry face. He was the ideal choice to head up our sales operation in the domestic market.”
(Jim Evans)

ampco-eurovisionAmpco Flashlight plays lead Eurovision role
Friday, 1 June 2018

Portugal - Ampco Flashlight played a major role as supplier of all lighting, rigging, video and motion systems for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
Preparations started as early as October 2017. The dedicated team of commercial, technical and logistics specialists, working closely together with local Portuguese partner Pixel Light, laid a solid base for a flawless production in the Altice Arena. Build-up started early April and ended with a 60-hour speed load out.
Over 2500 fixtures, almost four kilometres of truss and a huge amount of, cabling, dimmers, distro’s and a state of the art data network was used in this massive TV production attracting over 350m viewers worldwide.
Marc van der Wel, project director, commented: “It was very exciting being part of the team, and seeing how our specialists put so much effort, experience and knowledge into this project. I am extremely proud of the way we handled this, and I am grateful for the opportunity and the great cooperation with RTP, head of production Ola Melzig, Tobias Aberg and their team.”
(Jim Evans)

killers1-websafeCyberHoist on Killers’ Wonderful, Wonderful tour
Friday, 1 June 2018

USA - CyberHoist by CyberMotion is on tour again, this time with Vegas native band The Killers on their Wonderful, Wonderful tour. The band finished their European leg at the end of 2017 before starting their US leg at the beginning of the year.
The primary driving visual elements on the stage were video-constructed triangles with one anchored on the stage and an inverted triangle hanging above it nicknamed ‘The Flying V’ made up of video tiles that would fly apart, turn, twist and move into different shapes utilizing the CyberHoist automated moving system. 12 active CyberHoist 1000kg and 1 MotionCue control system, all with spares, turned the Flying V into an ever-changing video spectacle. These automated hoists came from CyberMotion North America and controlled by David Diamond, the show operator and motion specialist.
Diamond explains, “Working with LD Steven Douglas, Michael Oberg and the entire team of The Killers was great. Steven had a clear idea of what he wanted. CyberMotion has the opportunity to automate what was known as ‘The Flying V’, an inverted triangle video screen. Working together we were able to push the boundaries of what the screen could do for their previous Europe run. Adding barrel rolls and slants added to the visual effect of the 70’ wide screen.”
Rob Gardner, tour rigger for The Killers commented, “With the weight of the show and the closeness to some roof capacities, the abilities of the motors and the accurate real time data feedback allowed us to produce smooth and safe multi hoist single objec

lift-turnLTM apprentices now full-time staff members
Friday, 1 June 2018

UK - Wirral-based Lift Turn Move (LTM) has reported two of its apprentices have now joined the company as full-time staff members. Jonathan Street also joined as an apprentice on an engineering apprenticeship.
Charmaine Pude came to LTM in 2016 to gain office experience and work towards her NVQ Level 3 in Business Administration. She has recently passed her NVQ and subsequently been given a full-time job at LTM as a sales and purchasing assistant.
Joshua Field-Baines approached LTM in 2015 wanting to work in engineering. He has since completed his apprenticeship and is working towards his advanced apprenticeship qualification in BTEC HNC in Engineering which includes an NVQ Level 4 and he is also doing his LEEA foundation training.
John Jones, MD of LTM, comments: “We are very lucky to have gained two valuable team members at LTM. We know how important it is to give the younger generation a chance - the lifting industry suffers from an aging workforce, something has to be done about this.
The company also welcomed Jonathan Street as an apprentice on an engineering apprenticeship in Electrical and Mechanical Maintenance. His apprenticeship involves one day of tuition at a local college to learn essential theory and four days a week working in the hoist assembly area. He will spend time in the warehouse receiving product training, dispatching goods and working with the other engineers.
(Jim Evans)

linda-rope-largeABTT 2018: Rope Assemblies to debut Anchor Strop
Thursday, 31 May 2018

UK - Rope Assemblies is set to debut its new Anchor Strop on stand A22 at this year's ABTT show. The Anchor strop is a 6mm stainless steel wire rope with thimble eyes on both ends, copper ferrules, and has been designed for general PPE requirements.It has an EN362 hook on either end and joins the company's existing range of Anchor Strops and is perfect for use in a wide range of industries – wherever a person works at height, near unprotected edges or in confined spaces.
The Anchor Strop will be joined on the stand by Rope Assemblies' lighting and climbing ladders. Ann McCorkell, technical manager explained: "The Lighting Ladder was created in conjunction with one of our customers who needed a solution for hanging lights vertically without the space consuming aluminium ladders."
Consisting of two lengths of wire rope with spacing of end stops, karabiners at the end and removable rungs for easy transportation and storage, the Lighting Ladder can be manufacturedto whatever length the customer requires and this can be increased by purchasing additional length. What's more, several ladders can be joined together width-ways to create a lighting 'curtain'. Rungs are available in widths of 500mm and 1m and spare rungs are available.
Rope Assemblies' Climbing Ladders are also manufactured on-site at the company's Retford factory and are fully compliant with the US Standard ANS1-E1-1 as there is no EN Standard for wire rope ladders. All ladders are manufactured with knurled rungs, karabiner end fittings and EN795 anchor straps. They are made to order by le

unusualABTT 2018: Unusual Rigging in positive mode
Thursday, 31 May 2018

UK - Unusual Rigging will showcase its wide range of products available for sale and for hire.
Tom Nightingale, Unusual's technical manager explained: "For Unusual, ABTT is undoubtedly the most important event in the trade show calendar. It gives us the opportunity to meet with the people right at the heart of the very industry that we aim to serve. We are incredibly well known for the projects we work on but people are often surprised when we talk them through the extent of our sales, hires and services offerings."
Several members of the Unusual team will be on hand for the duration of the show and . Tom continued: "In previous brochures we've focussed on the specific products tvisitors to the stand will be able to pick up a copy of the company's new Sales and Services brochurehat we can offer, but really, the range is so huge, no brochure could really do each product category justice. So this year what we've aimed to do is to give an overview of our sales, hires and services – a starting point if you like, that can lead to more in-depth conversations about the specifics."
This year's stand will once again feature a show reel of some of the company's 'best bits' from the last year. "This will be the third year we've produced a show-reel and we're excited to really show off some of the projects we've been involved in. From the RHS Flower Show at Chatsworth to Lumiere London, not to mention the vast number of West End shows and theatre tours we've played a part in. We know that in previous years, the film has proved to be a real talking point among

lightweight-lighting-standlow-resABTT 2018: Doughty's lightweight stand to debut
Wednesday, 30 May 2018

UK - Doughty's new Lightweight Lighting Stand will make its debut on stand C30 at ABTT, to be held on 6-7 June at at London’s Alexandra Palace.
The stand, which recently appeared at PLASA Focus Leeds and Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt in prototype format, is now in production.
The stand takes the all the principles of a Tank Trap but packages them into a neater model. It comprises a flat, round plate and slim tube, slotted at each end to allow cables to run unseen inside it. A 28mm receiver is incorporated in the top of the stand which will take an industry standard 28mm spigot. When used in conjunction with a speaker adapter, the stand can also be used to hold small speakers.
Dan Phillips, project sales co-ordinator at Doughty explains: “This robust piece of kit has a sleeker appearance than the standard Tank Trap and comes with a stacking slot which allows for the stands to be stacked together as well as a carry handle. We’ve spent the first part of this year taking the prototype to trade shows across Europe so that we can really hone in on the design and use the feedback we’ve gathered at the shows to make a really useful bit of kit."
The Three Position Tank Trap, which won last year’s ABTT Engineering Product of the Year award will also feature on this year's stand. This piece of kit enables rigging to be built close to a wall, in the corner of a room or near to an obstruction. It has a detachable receiver suitable for 48mm barrel, which may be fitted to any of the three mounting points, which are located in the centre as per a

cardiff11th Hour provides Cardiff temporary terminal
Wednesday, 30 May 2018

UK - Cardiff-based events services provider 11th Hour has been appointed by Associated British Ports South Wales to supply a temporary passenger terminal in Cardiff Bay for the Marco Polo cruise ship.
The terminal comprises a 57m marquee fitted out with a bespoke interior, with the company also supplying several security elements, including bag-scanning and metal detection equipment.
Project manager Bruno Hunt is in charge of the technical aspects of the terminal, whilst business development manager Jason Venables oversees the customer-facing side of the operation.
The project overlaps with 11th Hour’s involvement in the Volvo Ocean Race, a round-the-world yacht race that arrived in Cardiff on 29 May, with the company supplying a range of facilities for the Race Village.
(Jim Evans)

star-events-x-marks-the-spot-at-all-points-eastStar Events’ X marks the spot at All Points East
Wednesday, 30 May 2018

UK - Star Events’ X Stage highlights the creativity at AEG Presents’ first All Points East festival in Victoria Park, where sets from LCD Soundsystem, The XX and Bjork drew sizeable audiences this Bank Holiday weekend.
Working with Loudsound and LarMac Live, including the main East Stage, a 20m VerTech, the North Stage, with its concentric arches, the West Arena and all the requisite support structures.
An ambitious in the round experience, with a hovering DJ platform, the X Stage “puts the finest electronic talent into the heart of the audience”.
Star Events’ design team joined two 5m wide/38m span arches at the apex to bring the X Stage to life, using kit from the yard together with ‘specials’ built for the project.
Alongside its considerable lighting capacity, each leg of the structure houses an inward facing speaker configuration, which delivers an immersive experience. audiStar Events supplied the festival’s four principal platforms.
Gavin Scott, Star Events’ project manager, comments: “With a lot of work behind the scenes, the X Stage came together brilliantly. There were significant structural challenges, everyone involved with the design played a part in bringing it to fruition, and it’s a great achievement.
“AEG Presents, Loudsound and LarMac Live have been a pleasure to work with. The vibe on site has been really good, a collective of people working to achieve something special, and safety levels have been noticeably high, which is great to see.”
Ian Greenway, director at LarMac Live,

revolution-setAurora Lighting backs Revolution
Tuesday, 29 May 2018

UK - Aurora Lighting Hire supported lighting director Gurdip Mahal on a major installation for Revolution, one of the largest entertainment sets on UK television.
SKY One took over the vast space at Cardington Studios for extreme sports show Revolution. Hosted by Jackass star Steve-O and Maya Jama, Revolution is an extravaganza of high speed action featuring BMX riders, skates and boarders going head to head across a spectacular custom designed course.
Working with award winning lighting director Gurdip Mahal for the eight-episode run, Aurora provided a vast array of lighting, control and rigging equipment to light up the large-scale production.
To achieve the intense colour applied throughout the show, a mix of over 200 Robe 1200, VariLite VL3500 and Martin Quantum Wash fixtures were installed to provide a highly controllable, vibrant, uniform wash across the cavernous interior. Almost 100 Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures, with their ultra-sharp beam abilities, were also included in the mix to accentuate the dynamic on track action.
Adding a neonesque touch to the impressive set, created by scenic designer Dominic Tolfts and art director Ben Telford, Aurora supplied over 500 Encapsulites, used extensively to accentuate the semi industrial look of the production. Finally, to maintain control over the vast installation, Aurora provided the crew with a pair of ETC Cobalt consoles plus two full size Hog’s.
Speaking about the show, Aurora project manager Ben Taylor says: “the space at Cardington is absolutely huge,

Utopium suffers warehouse blaze
Friday, 25 May 2018

UK - The north Bristol warehouse of lighting and rigging supplier Utopium has suffered a fire on the night of 21-22 May, destroying the entire lighting and rigging inventory, the company reports.
An investigation has been opened into the cause of the fire. The whole team are said to be devastated by the fire.
Utopium founder Colin Bodenham comments: “It is heart-breaking to see everything we have created destroyed in one devastating event. The main consolation is that nobody was hurt in the blaze. We are focused on fulfilling our commitments to clients approaching a busy summer season working with trusted partners in the industry. I am allowing myself a little time to grieve the loss of some treasured artefacts amassed over the years.”
More news is expected soon. 
(LSi Online)

wicreations-eurovision-2018-dsc1315Wicreations elevates Eurovision 2018
Thursday, 24 May 2018

Portugal - Stage engineering specialist WIcreations supplied four of their heavy duty TP06 stage elevators to the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) production which was headed by technical directors Ola Melzig and Tobias Åburg.
The event, viewed by 200m across the globe, was staged at the Altice Arena in Lisbon.
The four TP06 lifts were installed under the stage which was part of the elaborate set designed by Florian Wieder, and were used for two of the 43 finalists, Austria’s third placed Cesár Sampson and Belarus contestant Alekseev.
The project was designed and co-ordinated for WI by Geert Stockmans and tech’d and looked after on site by Mateo Marastoni working alongside Robert Roos who was the production’s props and special staging co-ordinator.
One TP06 lift was positioned centrally beneath the stage and surrounded by the other three, all of them supporting a trussing structure with a 6m triangular section of decking on top. This top section split in two – donut style – with a central cut out that could elevate independently on the middle lift.
For Austria, the whole wedge section lifted up several metres in a dramatic moment with the artist on top to reveal a set of vertically rigged LED battens below, on the underside. Chasing and twinkling, these gave the appearance that the artist was floating in the air as the platform rose up, all helping to make him a favourite with the crowd.
While the Belarus entry didn’t make it through the first semi-final (also televised) this year, it was not before a rousing perf

doughtyVisionEvents Manchester adds Doughty kit
Tuesday, 22 May 2018

UK - Event production company VisionEventsManchester (VE-M) has upgraded its equipment inventory, adding a selection of Doughty equipment to its stock.
Darren Howard, director, VE-M explains: "As VE-M has expanded, we found we were regularly hiring in stands and so it was really a natural choice that we should purchase some Doughty kit."
The company which was born out of Vision Events back in 2011 focuses on bringing together various elements of event design under one roof, making its clients' lives easier when organising often complex events. The addition of Doughty items to the company's stock is part of a major overhaul of VE-M's video, lighting, audio and rigging stock as the company continues to grow. Keen to invest in high quality technologies, Darren turned to A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) – one of Doughty's UK distributors to handle the entire upgrade.
Darren purchased some Doughty Zenith truss lifts and solid truss adaptors – all new items to the company's inventory, as well as a selection of smaller items such as half-couplers, truss adaptors etc. Once delivered, AC-ET assisted with product training on the new systems at their Northern sales office in Leeds.
AC-ET's Mike Docksey, who handled the sale commented: "It was an absolute pleasure to work with VE-M. I'm sure their clients will be very pleased by VE-M's major investment in these and other leading technologies from AC-ET, to ensure they continue to offer the highest production values for events."
Darren continued: "The Doughty name is a well-known, high qua

slxSLX announces student bursary winners
Tuesday, 22 May 2018

UK - Hire and events company SLX has announced the successful applicants for its 2018 bursary scheme, which sees the company supporting five students enrolled on production courses with £3000 of hire equipment as well as networking and development opportunities.
Spanning the UK, the students attend different institutions and are enrolled on a variety of technical production focussed courses. Third year students and graduating this year are Ashley Holdom (Rose Bruford) and Ryan Searle (Bristol Old Vic) and the 2nd year students receiving the bursary are Alex Silvester (University of Bolton – Backstage Academy), Georgia Wren - LIPA and Ben Linwood (Guildford School of Acting).
As well as receiving the £3000 bursary to support a project of the student’s choosing, the five applicants were also welcomed into SLX Avonmouth, spending two full days in May with the SLX team. This experience allowed the students to attend a number of talks and workshops, organised by SLX and hosted by a number of other professionals. These covered topics such as the world of freelancing, audio and video training, and networking training.
Leading the programme for SLX, customer service manager, Katy Lowe, and business development manager, Ruari Cormack, were responsible for picking the successful applicants.
Ruari Cormack says: “We’re delighted to give these young people, who really are the future of the industry, that extra helping hand as they embark on their careers in the industry. These five were picked as they impressed Katy and I with the clarity of t

p-parsonsSteeldeck secures new production facility
Monday, 21 May 2018

UK - Steeldeck, platforms, staging and seating solutions manufacturer, has secured a new London production facility (see LSi May for more).
The new facility is located on the outskirts of London in Erith and will provide over 2300m2 of space, doubling the capacity of the company’s previous base in Bermondsey.
Steeldeck has historically been based in central London, but remaining in the heart of the capital had become irrelevant since the separation of the company’s rental and manufacturing arms.
Philip Parsons, Steeldeck CEO, comments: “The old premises were very conveniently located near our rental business in London’s Bermondsey, and to various suppliers such as the powder coater, but the area has changed. Factories have been demolished wholesale to be replaced by towering blocks of flats, parking is becoming increasing limited, the street access for lorries has been reduced drastically by street narrowing and the rents are rising very sharply.
“Moving from our present railway arch-based accommodation to relatively modern industrial premises will permit proper workflow. The new site has a substantial private yard as well as excellent access to transport links, all of which will allow us to keep pace with demand and to better provide the service our customers expect from us.”
The new production hub is being equipped with a rationalised production process that wi


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