Rigging and Staging News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

broadweighBroadWeigh gets the LEEA seal of approval
Tuesday, 18 July 2017

UK - Wireless load monitoring brand BroadWeigh is now an associate member of the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA), the leading representative body for all those involved in the lifting industry worldwide. The membership is the latest step taken by BroadWeigh as it strives to be the best – not only in the quality of products that it offers, but in the example the company sets within the entertainment industry.
Jonathan Purdue, business development manager at BroadWeigh said: "Becoming members of LEEA is something we are very proud of. We started the ball rolling several months ago, then in May, a representative from the LEEA came to our premises in Exeter for the day and audited all our BroadWeigh processes and calibration machines.
“Applying for membership isn’t something we are obligated to do, but we felt it was the right thing to do – both for ourselves as we continue to promote BroadWeigh as the leading name for wireless load cells, and also for our clients who get the peace of mind that comes with knowing that we are keen to demonstrate our compliance with standards set for the lifting industry across the world."
He continued: "LEEA has played a key role in this very specialised field for over 70 years, from training and standards setting, through to health and safety, the provision of technical and legal advice and the development of examination and licensing systems. As BroadWeigh becomes the brand people turn to in order to comply with health and safety and to demonstrate due diligence on their projects, this membership

lift-turnLift Turn Move are lifting Ed Sheeran
Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Europe - One of the most eagerly anticipated and high profile tours to embark on a worldwide journey in 2017 must be Ed Sheeran. The show’s production company, Major Tom Limited has purchased LoadGuard hoists from LTM- Lift Turn Move to fly the entire lighting, sound and AV system. In total, LTM have supplied 68 1t and 36 2t LoadGuard motors all running at four metres/per min. The motor control system is Kinesys throughout and operated by Steve Bliss from LCR.
The fan shaped mothergrid was designed by Jeremy Lloyd of Wonder Works and is lifted by thirty 2t LoadGuard hoists. Rigged within the mothergrid are 50 1t motors from which fly the lighting trusses and AV screens including four moving lighting pods which drop down on three Liftkets on Kinesys control during the show. Unusually, the 1t motors remain pre-rigged within the mothergrid (1m deep truss from Litec) in transit between shows.
Alongside fellow rigger Omar Franchi, Seth Cook is responsible for hanging the production at every venue. He explains the premise behind this strategy: “The initial brief from our production manager Chris Marsh was a touring system that can be rigged and derigged very quickly. This is what we have achieved; on the load out, 45 min after the grid lands on the ground, the truck doors are closed. We have 55 motors in the grid but just 30 lifting it which cuts rigging time down by half. The LoadGuards have proved really robust, we weren’t sure they would cope with travelling them in situ but we needn’t have worried.
“Of course, the great benefit of using a m

World Rigging Symposium 2018 confirmed
Monday, 17 July 2017

USA - ESTA and USITT have announce the New World Rigging Symposium, taking place 13-14 March 2018 in conjunction with the USITT Conference and Stage Expo 2018 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The Symposium will provide an opportunity for riggers and those interested in the live entertainment rigging industry to network, discuss current issues and new technologies, and help shape the future of the industry.
In 10 sessions over two days, participants will be given a wide range of opportunities to further their technical knowledge, keep up to date with codes and standards, and learn what it’s like to work as a rigger in other segments of the entertainment industry. Attendees will also hear from experts in related fields such as structural engineering and risk management. The Symposium will carry ETCP education renewal credits for re-certification.
The New World Rigging Symposium will include multiple opportunities for attendees to network over morning coffee, breaks, lunch, and evening cocktails. The final session on Day Two will offer an opportunity for USITT conference attendees interested in careers in rigging to meet and talk with professional riggers, followed by the USITT Opening Night Party. Symposium attendees will receive free show floor passes to the USITT Stage Expo opening on 15 March as well as a discount on the conference registration.
Bill Sapsis and Eddie Raymond are working with ESTA to help identify topics and panellists over the next few months and will moderate the New World Rigging Symposium. Both bring a wealth of industry knowle

sigurjonExton confirmed as dealer for J&C Joel
Friday, 14 July 2017

Iceland - J&C Joel has confirmed a new partnership with Exton who are now their bronze dealer in Iceland.
Exton was established in 1992 and is the market leader in A/V rentals and sales in Iceland; providing rental of audio, lighting, video, stage and rigging equipment from simple systems up to full production packages.
As well as being the premiere rental company in the region Exton also sells audio, video and lighting equipment and offers an integration service which provides design and installation for any kind of broadcast, audio, video or lighting project.
They will offer J&C Joel’s fabrics, drapery and stage engineering solutions along with their bespoke design, manufacturing and installation services as a complimentary solution to their already established products and services.
Exton’s director, Sigurjón Sigurðsson, said: “We look forward to future cooperation as we see many new opportunities in Icelandic market with J&C Joel.”
Roland Rizk, J&C Joel’s Europe and Russia Regional Manager, said: “Exton are a great company with a lot of knowledge and experience in key areas which complement the products and services we provide. We are looking forward to supporting Exton for a long-term partnership in the Icelandic market.”
(Jim Evans)

ballast-videoSummer spotlight on new products from Milos
Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Europe - From 1 July – 30 September, Milos will be focusing on a range of new products launched in 2017. During this spotlight period, Milos will be producing two technical videos about the new Milos MT-PA5030 PA Tower and MILOS MT1 Ballast Base, as well as a product range video about other newly launched Milos products.
The first technical video about the MT1 Ballast Base is now available and can be viewed here. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC1wry5laww #truss #trussing #rigger #rigging #milostruss)
Milos is constantly developing new products that provide you with increased flexibility, convenience and usefulness.
(Jim Evans)

riminiNine Litec stages at Live You Play in Rimini
Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Italy - Nine Litec roof systems ranging from 10 x 8m to 27 x 13m were chosen by Live You Play for their event during the MIR (Music Inside Rimini) exhibition in Fiera Di Rimini, Italy. Seven roofs were provided by AMG International, one roof by Electra Service di Buttarelli R. & C and the largest 27 x 13m MyT Folding Steroid Roof by Massimo Stage.
Live You Play is a concept where lighting, sound, video, rigging equipment and other entertainment technology manufacturers showcase their products with virtual and live shows on physical stages and roof systems. Visitors are then able to experience a full “hands-on” experience with the products, physically controlling and interacting with them. The bands performing at this year’s live events were Pop Deluxe, Roxy Bar and J Bees.
Litec has been the main support structure manufacturer for Live You Play events since the launch of their unique concept in 2014. Gianni Fantini, CEO of Live You Play commented: “I’ve collaborated with Litec for 20 years as CEO of the Italian production rental company Joint Rent and three years as CEO of Live You Play. Litec has always been ready to satisfy our needs with the technology and know-how necessary for providing safe and strong structures.”
The nine support structures chosen by Live You Play for this year’s event included five RL105A roof systems, three Libera FL76 roof systems, and the new MyT Folding Steroid roof system.
The RL105A is a strong and sturdy roof system that makes use of rectangular, anti-torsion, high load RL105A truss and Maxit

wind-in-the-willowsUnusual Rigging for The Wind in the Willows
Tuesday, 11 July 2017

UK - This summer, the London Palladium will play host to Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad as they tread the boards in a major new musical adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's classic novel, The Wind in the Willows.
Adapted for the stage by Julian Fellowes, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, the British musical, toured the UK late last year, playing in Plymouth, Salford and Southampton. But, says Patrick Molony, the show's production manager, the complexities of touring the production pale into insignificance when compared to putting on the show at the London Palladium. Knowing the challenges that lay ahead, Patrick brought Unusual Rigging on the team so that they could work through these challenges together.
"Producers think the Palladium is a big theatre, because of the number of seats and the shows that have been there in the past," said Patrick," but this is certainly not the case. It's actually a very small stage without any modern facilities. The grid in particular is a tricky one to work in and presents the riggers with massive challenges. While the show in itself is complex (the scenery is traditional but there is an awful lot of it), the Palladium has added hugely to the difficulties we faced and so bringing the Unusual team on board was something that I always intended to do, getting them involved as early as possible."
Patrick added: "On the tour, we were in very big theatres with modern flying systems and vast amounts of stage space. Even in Southampton, which is a big stage, we had three trucks full in the loading bay with scenery to change

henley-seated-audienceArena Group to list on London Stock Exchange
Tuesday, 11 July 2017

UK - Arena Group, the international turnkey event design and delivery business this morning announced they will be listing their shares on the London Stock Exchange. The company is raising a total of approximately £60m from UK and international institutional investors and listing will help fund the future growth plans of the business.
Arena Group provides managed solutions from concept and design through to the construction and delivery of temporary structures, seating and interiors for a host of major sporting, outdoor and leisure events around the world. Contracts range in size and complexity from a simple equipment rental for a local outdoor event, to an integrated solution of multiple structures and interiors for a major international sporting event.
Arena Group is a global business with operations in the UK and Europe, Middle East and Asia and the Americas and current clients include The All England Tennis Club (Wimbledon), The R&A, Henley Regatta, the Jockey Club, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, the European Tour, The Ryder Cup, the US Open and the PGA Championship. The Group provides a wide range of services from temporary demountable seating and project management, to the installation of ice rinks as well as the provision of high end catering equipment and event furniture.
To support the listing on the London Stock Exchange Arena Group has boosted its board of directors. Kenneth Hannah has been appointed chairman. Kenneth is also chairman of Aggreko plc and Inchcape Plc. Ian Metcalfe has joined the board as a non-executive director. Ian is

prolyte-campusFirst Prolyte Campus event in US at Infocomm
Thursday, 6 July 2017

USA - Prolyte Group hosted its first North American Campus event on truss training in Orlando last month, just one day prior to the opening of InfoComm.
Organized in cooperation with its North American distributor A.C. Lighting Inc., the event had an impressive list of participants.
The Prolyte Campus event was accredited by both ESTA (ETCP) as well as InfoComm (CTS), offering continuing education credits and interesting and high-standing content that is recognized by industry bodies as well as those who participated.
Lecturer Ruud de Deugd performed an inspiring session on the technical aspects of using truss, from recognizing the different types of loading, calculating cantilevers to slinging methods, connection types and regulations, using his practical experiences to address common and recognizable issues.
“A brilliant way to learn more about the range of trussing available from Prolyte and learn the tips and tricks that will help you take your designs to the next level,” comments Matthijs Meijer, account manager North America of Prolyte Group. “There is a great demand for growing knowledge and creating both awareness and clarity within the industry. The Prolyte Campus offers this and I can safely say the first North American Prolyte Campus was a great succes.”
“We see a growing interest for the Verto truss”, comments Fred Mikeska, VP US sales & marketing of A.C. Lighting Inc. “Now that we have the truss in stock and out in the field we’re confident in this game-changing product. People are just amazed at the adv

ac-etAC-ET extends Prolyte distributorship to Ireland
Thursday, 6 July 2017

Ireland – A.C. Entertainment Technologies has announced that they are extending their distribution to include Ireland, for Prolyte Group's prominent range of trussing, staging and structural solutions.
The expansion of territory follows AC-ET's continuing success with the brand in the UK, which for the past two years has culminated in it receiving the Prolyte Group's 'Platinum Award', in recognition of its strong sales performance and support for the StageDex and LiteDeck product ranges.
Matthew Millward, sales manager for the company's specialist rigging sales division, commented: “Prolyte is an extremely important brand amongst our widening customer base, I am pleased by the robust and steady growth we have realised in the UK market in recent months and it is with great enthusiasm that we extend our distribution efforts to include Ireland as well.”
As a UK based distributor, AC-ET has a sales representative for Ireland, who is able to offer local support, product demonstrations and react quickly to customer’s needs.
Aaron Cripps, AC-ET’s regional sales representative for Ireland commented: “I am excited to be representing Prolyte in Ireland. The brand has a lot of interest and potential to expand its user base here, so I am looking forward to helping grow its market share in this territory.”
(Jim Evans)

prolyte-romaniaProlyte Group expands production to support growth
Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Romania - Following continued growth, Prolyte Group has solved its need for additional production capacity by expanding its new production site in Piatra Olt, Romania, which was opened in 2016. With this expansion Prolyte has completed an additional 4400 m2 production space to the already impressive facilities.
Consolidating all its European manufacturing capacity into an approx. 10.000 m2 facility, Prolyte Group can boost to have one of the largest and most modern production facilities for the manufacture of truss systems. And there’s room for further growth with expansion possibilities till 16.000m2.
The new factory involves an investment of 3.5m euros, which was funded partly with support from the European Union and the EximBank.
The complete production facility is accommodated with brand new automated production equipment and state of the art product lines. In addition, the building contains industry-leading employee welfare and environmental systems, as well as an in-house training facility for welding personnel. The complete bespoke factory, including all equipment, procedures and personnel has obtained a EN1090 certification in the highest execution class III and is further ISO 3834-2 certified.
Lambert Bouwmeester, CEO of Prolyte Group states: “Our main purpose was to have all our production facilities on one site. We still operated from our previous production location in Slatina for some parts of the production, which we were now able to transfer to Piatra Olt. This will provide us with more efficiency as well as flexibility in t

star-technique-for-new-orderStar technique for New Order + Liam Gillick at MIF
Tuesday, 4 July 2017

UK - Star Events provided a performance wall for a 12-piece synthesiser ensemble and a standard 1.2m high forestage as New Order rolled back the years and rolled out the production to open Manchester International Festival (MIF).
Playing at Old Granada Studios, home to Joy Division’s first televised performance, on Tony Wilson’s So It Goes programme, and a nascent New Order three years later, Star Events helped develop the supporting structure for artist Liam Gillick’s responsive stage designs.
Star Events’ pods, stacked six on six, sat behind custom mechanical louvres, which served as a screen for visuals, flickering open to reveal 12 dancing synth players.
Largely dispensing with the hits, New Order chose to reinvent or embellish a ‘setlist of surprises’, from Joy Division’s Disorder to Plastic off 2015 LP Music Complete.
The first of five New Order performances at MIF, the songs, the context and the artistry of the production won five star reviews across the board.
Jack Thompson, Manchester International Festival’s technical director, comments: “These shows pushed the boundaries of art, production and infrastructure, a fantastic start to the festival. Working with suppliers like Star Events, rife with ingenuity and experience, makes all the difference.”
Pete Holdich, head of structures at Star Events, says: “In order to maximise floor space, we built our structure around the studio’s air handling ducts, which worked really well. Jack put a top team together, led by David Lawrence,

apex-hoistKinesys stages demo day in Toronto
Friday, 30 June 2017

Canada - Automation specialist Kinesys is staging its first product awareness demonstration in Canada - on 8 July for one day only - to make people aware that Kinesys products have ‘officially landed’ in Canada and are available for immediate rental from Drifter Rigging.
The demo day is a collaboration between David Bond, who runs Kinesys’ US operation and Mark “Drifter” Desloges from Drifter Rigging, a new rental operation recently established in Toronto, with a selection of Kinesys kit. It will be held in a warehouse facility at 100 Carson St. Unit A Etobicoke, Toronto, M8W 3R9.
The objectives of the day include introducing people to Kinesys as a brand and highlighting the range of intelligent rigging and automation solutions available generally with particular attention to the newest ground-breaking Kinesys technologies available, the Apex system.
The Apex system is a leading-edge product line that incorporates the best of Kinesys’ extensive experience producing variable speed chain hoists to create a range of safe, reliable and rock-solid hoists and controllers designed to maximise creativity for shows, stage and environment designers and operators in all fields of entertainment.
The system was launched at Prolight+Sound Frankfurt this year with a new hoist controller and two new chain hoists, built to Kinesys’ exact specifications.
There will be a ‘live’ demo of the Apex system in action, where attendees will be able to get close up and technical with it while David and Mark will be on hand to answer all querie

serious-stages-glastoSerious Stages new Other Stage at Glastonbury
Friday, 30 June 2017

UK - Glastonbury Festival’s new look Other Stage was designed and manufactured by Serious Stages’, who also installed the system along with the main stages across the site.
Dedicated to improving the festival experience for artists and fans, the organisers long term relationship with Serious Stages made them the obvious choice of contractor to create a new look Other Stage to accommodate the large scale incoming band productions form the likes of Stormzy, Major Lazer and Boy Better Know.
This four tower 25m TZ roof featured a sloped back, to give extra on-stage storage for artists and production, along with clear-span wings creating a much-improved working area with increased space for the incoming productions. An offset leg design on the rear of the goalpost created the space for the side-shed. The main deck, rear shed, side wings, ramps and underworld also offered improved performance and working areas and presented extensive loading facilities for crew.
With a total height of 20m and an overall width of 70m, the stage was complete with the Other Stages iconic art installation, which this year took the form of a metal fish, sat on the front of the 6m cantilever roof.
Max Corfield comments: “As one of the biggest events in the global festival calendar, we were hugely exited to launch our new stage at Glastonbury Festival, and be able to enhance the experience for artists, production teams and the audience. It is technically and aesthetically another progression in our range of large stages.
“We worked closely with the Glastonbu

joshuaTAIT customised stage for U2’s Joshua Tree tour
Friday, 30 June 2017

World - Known for their very intricate stadium shows, U2 honours the 30th anniversary of their 1987 album, The Joshua Tree, by taking a robust, cinematic set and the albums legacy hits on the road for a stadium tour across North America and Europe.
After reuniting with their fans at iHeartRadio’s Music Festival and Salesforce.com’s Dreamforce conference, the Irish rockers cemented the idea to celebrate the Joshua Tree album with the Joshua Tree Tour, making it the first time the band has ever taken an entire album from their back catalogue on tour.
In a Rolling Stone interview, Bono speaks about tour, stating, "It's so not like us to throw ourselves a birthday party. We didn't know if we could pull off a tour that honours The Joshua Tree without it being nostalgic. That's an oxymoron."
In order to showcase the album to its fullest potential, the tour requires a team full of innovative U2 vets who have grown with the evolution of production expectations for stadium shows. Having worked on several of U2’s previous tours, TAIT was requested to build the stage under the creative direction of Willie Williams.
TAIT custom-built a massive, 192ft. wide, mainstage that stretches parallel to a cinematic video screen which displays high-definition scenes of sunny, desert-like landscapes to mimic the infamous Joshua Tree theme. Likewise, the enormous set mirrors the tree silhouette with a custom scenic tree top header, attached above the video screens, in addition to a 75ft. long runway which leads to the tree-shap

festival-cityUnusual joins forces with Deco Emirates in Dubai
Friday, 30 June 2017

UAE - Dubai Festival City is a 1300 acre, waterfront urban community that has been designed to reflect the 21st century spirit of Dubai. It offers visitors a shopping, dining and entertainment experience but is also home to a residential community, two international schools, hotels and commercial offices.
Deco Emirates LLC was recently brought on board to oversee a complete interior fit out of the Robinsons department store for Al Futtaim Sons. Contracts manager Chris George was responsible for ensuring the works were undertaken according to the design from HMKM London and to successfully hand over within a 10 month period. Chris, in turn, contacted Unusual Rigging and Engineering LLC to help Deco Emirates understand the complexities and challenges of the project.
Chris explained: "We knew from the offset that the installation of an overhead gantry within the escalator atrium was not going to be straightforward. We worked closely with Richard Hoare, a project manager at Unusual Rigging, providing him with a brief to provide a lightweight gantry beam suited for carrying lifting points, winches and pulleys across the length of the gantry, whilst also needing to move across the X and Y axis. The aim was to have the ability to suspend visual merchandising props for seasonal and promotional purposes within the atrium void."
Chris chose to work with Unusual Rigging having already worked with the team on a previous project with similar challenges. "We enjoyed the experience of working with them on a professional level, so we knew straight away that they we


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