UK - Dry hire and production company Fiend Productions provided a Sixty82 trussing system for the Progress Wrestling 2018 shows at London's historic Alexandra Palace and SSE Arena Wembley.
Progress Wrestling, a British professional wrestling promotion, ran its first show in 2012 at The Garage in Islington. Since then it has grown t into major venues in the UK, including Ally Pally and the Wembley Arena.
Jess Matthews, managing director of Fiend Productions, approached A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) to invest in high load trussing for the shows at Ally Pally. After being provided with a range of options by Steven Farnsworth in UK sales at AC-ET, Matthews decided on Sixty82.
He comments: “The quality of the welds and construction of the Sixty82 truss is very noticeable, and the high load capacity allows us to be a lot more creative.”
Each section of Sixty82 truss has a built-in RFID tag equipped as standard and allows individual pieces of truss to be tracked and identified. The SixtyTag is compatible with a wide range of scanners and 3rd party software. Matthews continues: “It is very useful for our rigging inspection records. We are moving towards using RFID for full asset tracking and the fact it is integrated here is a definite benefit.”
After the shows at Ally Pally, the truss was used in the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester and the SSE Arena in Wembley as part of the Progress Wrestling tour, before being added to Fiend Productions' hire stock.
Matthews concluded: “Sixty82 truss has provided a significant u
Austria - Hire and events company GETEC Eventtechnik has completed many demanding projects over the years, such as Red Bull’s Wings for Life World Run, Air Race, Formula 1 and PlayStreets, as well as the world cycling championships.
The company relies on the exclusive use of Milos aluminium structural components and roofs systems. “Milos is the only trussing and support structure company that is able to meet our exacting demands. They’re a real partner for us and are able to work quickly and at a high technical level”, says Jakob Gailhofer, owner of GETEC.
The largest structure they have ever provided was for the Andrea Berg stage this year at the Open Air Concert in Aspach, Germany. The structure was a Milos 16m x 12m MR4 roof with four MT2 towers. It featured a versatile arched rain cover system based on M520 truss with specially designed polygon elements. The roof was extended with scaffolding for LED screens and was complemented by 14 metre-high Milos M520 PA towers, which had a load capacity of 1,200kg.
Serbia - In September, LITEC delivered its Alusfera 2.0 roof structure to the Novi Sad 2021 Foundation for use in a classical concert staged in the Novi Sad town square in Serbia. The Alusfera structure was specifically selected not only for its shape and impressive loading characteristics, but also to assist in the creation of an outdoor “opera house effect”.
The company who delivered the Alusfera structure to the Novi Sad Foundation for this event was AVL Projekt, a leading distributor in Serbia. Projekt design, engineer and install tailor-made solutions for their clients and ensure their efficient operation with on-site training. The also provide acoustic calculations and light & audio designs.
“The service we received from LITEC for this event was greatly appreciated. LITEC’s sales representative, Jan Cernota, worked with us during the selling process and assisted in the successful conclusion of the contract. LITEC design engineer Andrea Santello also provided full technical support. All stages of the project went smoothly,” says Aleksandar Kruscic, project manager for AVL Projekt.
For this year’s event in Novi Sad, the impressive Alusfera 2.0 roof measured 21.5m wide, 10.3m high and 11.5m deep. It featured front and rear arches, and a new ridge that allows for the secure connection of the main arches to the ground. Although it is rated for a uniformly distributed load of 6,5000kg, only 6,000kg of support was required for this event. The roof was covered with a white PVC canopy for protection against rain and wind, with the insid
USA - ESTA and USITT have announced the initial sponsors for the 2019 New World Rigging Symposium, taking place on 19-20 March 2019 in conjunction with the USITT Conference and Stage Expo 2019 in Louisville.
Returning as the Platinum Sponsor is Stage Rigging, a theatrical rigging company that provides rigging services for tours, corporate and special events. Chris Schmidt, vice-president and general manager of Stage Rigging, says: “Stage Rigging is thrilled to once again be part of the New World Rigging Symposium, a great place for riggers that want to achieve higher trims.”
Additional sponsors for the 2019 event are: Gold - J.R. Clancy; Silver - Kish Rigging; and Bronze - H&H Specialties, The Light Source, Motion Labs, Reed Rigging, Sapsis Rigging, and Stagemaker.
One Gold sponsorship, three Silver sponsorships, and two Bronze sponsorships are still available. Please visit www.esta.org/nwrs_sponsorships or contact email@example.com if you are interested in becoming a sponsor.
The New World Rigging Symposium offers riggers and those with a vested interest in rigging a unique opportunity to explore the complex issues and demands placed on today’s rigging industry. The 2-day symposium will include sessions on a variety of technical and workplace related topics and will carry ETCP education renewal credits for re-certification. Registration for the Symposium will open in early November.
UK - Colour Sound Experiment supplied lighting and LED screens for the Wave Goodbye concert by UK synth pop duo Soft Cell, who reunited after 17 years for one final show at London’s O2 Arena.
Award-winning lighting designer Rob Sinclair helped build the ambience and vibes for this sold-out pop music moment for the band who’ve occupied some hypnotically catchy and viscerally emotional space in the slightly darker echelons of 1980s synth pop.
Once he was confirmed on the creative team along with set designer Ric Lipson from Stufish, Rob started imagining the lighting.
It was also being streamed live to cinemas around the UK and Ireland and recorded for a live CD and DVD/Blu-ray release in 2019.
Both Rob and production manager Kamal Ackerie agreed early on that they wanted Colour Sound to be involved in the event, “We needed a London company that could supply both lighting and the main video elements and that had a good sense of humour,” he explains.
He’s also worked with H (Hadyn Cruickshank) and the team on previous tours and shows, so knew they would deliver
Once the stage set and screen layout was evolved, the lighting positions became obvious.
A 9 x 9m box truss - clad in a pink metallic-finished fabric surround to emulate the ‘soft cell’ - was installed above the stage on six Kinesys Elevation 1+ motors.
Rob wanted to have lots of fixtures on the rig and the choice of specifics was based around what Colour Sound had in stock, with Robe BMFLs being the main profile. Thirty-six of these, nine a s
UK - Specialist lighting and rigging services provider TSL has appointed account handlers Dominic Sheerman and Loz Wilcox to its board of directors.
Sheerman and Wilcox joined TSL from Basingstoke-based conference and event lighting specialist Blinding Light in 2017 prior to its acquisition by TSL at the start of 2018.
TSL MD, Sam Tamplin, comments: “We’ve reached the stage where we are a team of more than 60 people. It was time to strengthen the management structure, ready for the next stage of development. Since Blinding Light joined us, we’ve all taken the time to settle in and figure out how we work together, and now the time is right.”
The Netherlands - Load and force monitoring systems company PROTOS has only been active since July but has already acquired partners in Holland, China, Canada, Australia and India.
Jasper van der Sluis, director and co-owner of PROTOS, comments: “The entertainment industry is constantly and quickly developing to keep up with the latest developments. While the audience's hunger for state of the art shows keeps growing. Concerts, plays and shows are constantly evolving and it seems like each iteration has to be more spectacular than the last."
"Through our work with Prolyte and Doughty Asia Pacific and Prolyte Doughty Japan, we have noticed a strongly growing demand for force measuring equipment on a global scale. A demand for a system that is easy to set up, understand and above all, a system that ensures a safe working environment."
“We are still expanding the load measuring system by adding functionality based on feedback from the industry. We're currently working on a cloud service that, among other things, will make it possible to send (overload) messages remotely to any device connected to the cloud, mobile or otherwise." added Cor van der Sluis.
Europe - Milos has announced the release of its latest 3D component libraries for direct use with AutoDesk platforms and other DWG file compatible CAD systems.
The library contains over 1000 new blocks from the vast range of truss systems available from the Milos portfolio. The new edition features quick-snap assembly points as well as pre-assigned component attributes including part codes, system weights, dimensions and accurate bracing patterns for rigging and set construction integration.
Visit the Milos Download Centre to download the files.
UK - After taking Las Vegas by storm, Channing Tatum is bringing a new production of Magic Mike Live to London this autumn. Opening at the Hippodrome Casino in November, full service technical production company Hawthorn has been chosen to supply lighting equipment to the production.
Conceived and co-directed by Tatum, Magic Mike Live is a large-scale, live production show based on the hit films Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL. The show will see the theatre at the Hippodrome Casino transformed into an intimate 325-seat in-the-round performance space where guests will witness artists perform a 360° dance and acrobatic spectacular.
Hawthorn is supplying lighting from its extensive hire range to meet the specification of theatre lighting designer Philip Gladwell. Having designed the rig for the Las Vegas production, Gladwell has modified it to suit the intimate nature of the new venue, whilst also adding in some exciting new enhancements.
“Despite being a smaller space, we’ve maintained the same big lighting motifs that we have in Vegas” says Gladwell. “This includes a large grid of 20 Robe Spiiders overhead which form a sort of visual ceiling to the piece. These sit ever so slightly lower than the rest of the rig, making them much more pronounced to the eye. Not only are these a necessary way to get top light to the stage but, by pixel mapping them, they’re a great way to get movement without flashing lights.”
As Magic Mike Live is very different usual theatre productions, audiences can expect a lig
USA - Doughty Engineering is set to launch the new Fifty Clamp at this year's LDI. The clamp which will make its debut on booth 1827 has TUV approval, a safe working load of 50kg and has been designed to fit tube diameter 38mm-51mm. Made from pressure die cast aluminium ensures it prevents damage to thin wall truss. It is captive with M10 or M12 bolts and comes supplied with an M10 fixing kit.
Mark Chorley, design engineer at Doughty commented: "We've been working on the Fifty Clamp for a little while, so we're very excited to be launching it at LDI this year. Our Twenty Clamp is one of our best-selling pieces of kit and we realised that a clamp which could take a safe working load of 50kg would be a welcome addition to the range."
Doughty's Omega Space Saver will also make its debut at the show. Mark continued: “We actually brought the prototype version with us to LDI 2017, but this year we want to let our customers know that the Omega is now available to order. The Omega version of our popular Space Saver sees one of our Omega clamps permanently fitted to a lumiere with a hinge that locks into place. Not only is it a more ergonomic solution but it also speeds things up for the lighting technician who might find themselves having to move lights into different locations on a rig or for the touring lighting professional for whom time is always of the essence.”
Julian Chiverton, sales director said: "We'll have an incredibly full stand at LDI this year – we expect our new items to get lots of attention but also appreciate that kit, which has b
USA - Following a very successful LDI last year and substantial growth in its American market, Kinesys returns to LDI to meet industry influencers, decision makers and movers & shakers - creative and technical - who will visit over the three days.
Kinesys will be highlighting its innovative new Apex hoist system, as well as its industry standard Elevation 1+ system and will be getting interactive on the stand, where visitors can control both Apex and Kinesys converted CM Lodestar hoists running with Elevation 1+, side by side. This is designed to provide a real hands-on and tactile experience, so people can appreciate what the two different systems can offer in terms of performance and smoothness of operation. It will also provide an authentic comparison between these two versatile platforms of chain hoist control.
Attendees can also check out the Kinesys’ DigiHoist fixed speed chain motor controllers and the LibraCELL / Libra NODE load monitoring system, an invaluable tool for any rigging scenario to ensure that loads – static and dynamic – are constantly and accurately monitored in real-time.
Both Vector and K2 control options will be demonstrated, as well as a few little surprises.
Apex incorporates the best of Kinesys’ extensive knowledge and practical experience of working with variable speed chain hoist technology … to create a range of safe, reliable and rock-solid hoists and controllers - designed to maximize creativity for show, stage and environment designers and operators in all entertainment sectors.
UK - In September, drama school Mountview moved from its temporary home in Wood Green, north London, to a purpose-built building in Peckham. The new building houses all of Mountview's undergraduate and postgraduate performance and production arts courses under one roof and includes a 200-seat theatre, the 80-seat Backstage Theatre and a rooftop bar and restaurant with views across London.
As part of its Theatre Production Arts (Lighting) Course, Mountview receives generous support from White Light. So when the school needed to find a way of storing its equipment when it moved into its new home, they approached the technical solution specialists.
Alex Cann, senior lighting tutor at Mountview, explains: "We've operated out of our 'temporary' Wood Green home for around 30 years now. It’s a small space with a very compact lighting and sound store and nowhere near enough space for all our equipment. The new building in Peckham gives us the room we’ve all craved for some time. That said, we knew that we needed to be organised with our kit from the word go so decided to invest in some Doughty Transporter Trolleys through White Light."
Alex continues: "We previously had an undersized rack in our store that was not fit for purpose. We’d heard great things about the Doughty Transporter Trolleys and so contacted the Doughty team through White Light. We wanted to discuss making changes to the design of the original trolley so that they were suited to our exact needs. As such the bases are off the shelf but the rest of the design is bespoke using off-the-s
UK - European stage automation specialist VisionLite invested in a new Kinesys Apex hoist system - comprising 21 x Apex motors - plus Kinesys K2 control to help facilitate its busy summer work schedule.
The new Apex products went straight out on the Resistance summer season in Ibiza where they helped create a spectacular production design for the popular club experience.
Resistance embraced its underground roots in curating a serious line-up of superlative techno, led by artists like Carl Cox and Sasha & John Digweed in the 10,000 capacity Privilege venue, running for nine incendiary events over the summer.
The Resistance creative team has developed a distinctive dynamic industrial aesthetic for their live shows which is often based on moving video and lighting pods transforming the architecture and shape of the space as the night unfolds.
Thirteen moving pods defined this year’s Ibiza look, 10 filled with LED screen elements and three with moving lights.
Those with LED were flown utilising 40 x Apex hoists, while 12 x Kinesys Elevation 1+ motors flew the three lighting pods, allowing them all to move, tilt and pitch in any direction via the K2 control.
Kinesys LibraCELL load monitoring was added to the Elevation hoist system to keep a ‘live’ check on the loads (the Apex system comes with inbuilt loadcells as standard). The safety system was controlled by two Kinesys Mentor 4 units which are SIL3 compliant, so all the e-stop buttons went through Mentor.
VisionLite undertook the entire automation technical product
UK - This year’s PLASA Show was a special outing for LITEC, as their new MyT Virtue truss was entered in the PLASA Awards for Innovation 2018 and won over many show attendees with its design, folding feature, compact form factor, and 60mm main chords that allow use of standard clamps. Its high load capacity was also a favourite, due to the use of high-strength EN AW 7003 T6 aluminium alloy for its construction and integral structural parts assembled with high grade steel nuts and bolts to optimize performance, eliminate issues related to weld heat affected zones.
Products from the EXE Technology range on display in the Area Four Industries UK stand allowed visitors to have physical hands-on demonstrations of selected models from the EXE-RISE hoist and EXE-Drive ranges, as well as the EXE-Cell Interface System. EXE-Rise chain hoists feature an 8:1 safety factor, with a compact size and lightweight design for better portability, reduced storage requirements and lower transportation costs.
The EXE-Drive controller range features standalone and digital multilinked controllers with both 4 and 8 channels. And the innovative EXE-Cell Interface system is a standalone load cell reader that fully integrates in a chain hoist body to provide riggers with a reading of the individual weight applied to a chain hoist during all rigging operations, in real time!
The new EXE-DST66 (dynamic stack tracks) multipurpose rail system was also presented at the show. Designed for larger projects, the DST66 claims amazingly high towing loads and extremely quick speeds.
UK - The Ladder Association, a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting work at height safety practices, is stepping up ladder safety through training with its Get a Grip on ladder safety campaign.
With falls from height still one of the leading causes of workplace fatalities and injuries - accounting for 35 fatalities in 2017/2018, according to the organisation - and with businesses facing record fines for failing to keep workers safe, the campaign sets out to ensure that everyone using a ladder is fully trained and competent to do so.
Steve Booker, chair of the association’s training committee, comments: “Safety and competence in the workplace begins with thorough and consistent training. The saying ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ is all too familiar where ladders are concerned. It’s an attitude that encourages a complacent, over-confident and potentially dangerous mentality.
“The Work at Height Regulations require that everyone involved in the work is competent, so successfully completing a Ladder Association training course – and getting a LadderCard – is one way of helping to demonstrate that competence.”
The association has created a free Ladder Safety Pack providing information on the recent changes to European ladder standard EN131. It details the correct way to use and inspect ladders and, most importantly, the route to obtaining a LadderCard through official Ladder Association training.
Russia - Twenty-five years after the launch of ChainMaster products, the Saxony-based company has grown to become one of the world's leading manufacturers of hoist technology in the event industry, offering a comprehensive range of products for everything from set up operations and complex scenic movements, to complete automation of theatre and opera house performances around the globe.
The latest projects for the chain hoist specialists from Eilenburg include the Zaryadye Concert Hall and the Helicon Theatre in Moscow.
For the Zaryadye Concert Hall, 24 chain hoists with 500 kg load capacity and 20 chain hoists with 1000kg load capacity were integrated into the existing in-house control system. The new hoists are equipped with absolute value encoders and load measuring cells and comply with DGUV V17 (formerly BGV-C1). The installation was carried out by the local sales and installation partners Stroyscirc and Doka Center.
In the Helicon Theatre, they decided on a chain hoist system for the set-up operation in accordance with DGUV V17. The system consists of 32 chain hoists with 500kg load capacity and a ChainMaster Protouch StageOperator control. The technical implementation was also realised by Doka Center.
In the course of the modernisation of the Gessneralle Theatre in Zurich, 28 existing BGV-C1 chain hoists with a load capacity of 800kg were updated. The choice was made to install the Protouch StageOperator system here as well. The chain hoists were equipped with incremental encoders and load-measuring shackles in the Eilenburg factory and
UK - Trussing manufacturer MILOS racked up another “overwhelmingly positive reception” at this year’s PLASA Show. With a selection of products from their extensive range of truss on display in the Area Four Industries UK stand, the company showcased the quality of their products and spoke with visitors about the many structural solutions they deliver for a wide array of projects.
Making its world debut was the new S10 deck from Xstage, sporting a light-weight, improved profile design, new cube lock leg attachment system (for both round and square legs), and hexagrip anti-slip surface. From the comments and praise received at the show, the future of the S10 certainly looks bright, says the company.
USA - ANSI E1.60 – 2018, Guidelines for the Use of Raked Stages in Live Performance Environments, was approved by ANSI's Board of Standards Review on Friday, 21 September, and published on Monday, 24 September. It can be downloaded at no cost from the ESTA TSP website at http://tsp.esta.org/freestandards.
The no-cost download is made possible by the sponsorship of ProSight Specialty Insurance. It may be purchased for $40 from ANSI and IHS at https://webstore.ansi.org/ and https://global.ihs.com/ respectively.
ANSI E1.60 offers guidance for the use of raked stages in live performance environments to mitigate the risks for the protection of actors and technicians. The guidance offered is fundamentally a risk assessment/risk reduction approach, with a process outlined and suggestions offered on what must, should, or might be done to control the risk.
UK - PLASA has said the 2018 edition of the PLASA Show has been ‘the busiest and most vibrant’ show since it moved to London Olympia in 2016.
PLASA 2018, which took place on 16-18 September, saw a 4% increase in visitors with a palpable atmosphere that was reminiscent of its popular Earls Court days. The show welcomed a stream of exhibitors and attendees from around the world, primed to explore the leading edge of live entertainment technology.
The expo also confirmed its importance for networking and trade, with 63% of visitors being final decision makers or specifiers, and a quarter being business owners, managers and directors.
Jonathan Walters, UK sales and purchasing director from A.C Entertainment Technologies comments: “This third year back in West London has really confirmed PLASA’s decision to relocate to Olympia, each show here has worked consistently well, but this year has been one of the best shows of PLASA’s history. Sunday was busy for us, but Monday surpassed all expectations. There have been many discussions over the past four years that trade shows do not generate hard sales success: Monday’s result proved that is a misnomer.”
Leisuretec’s marketing manager Charlie Hendon, adds: “The atmosphere’s been lively and exciting with plenty of opportunities to establish new business relationships and socialise with existing clients.”
Meanwhile, platinum sponsor Robe revealed the first of a trilogy of stand designs, its PLASA stand incorporating its latest lighting fixtures used to light its show-stopping
USA - Over 60 worship bands took to the stage at Soulfest in early August in Gilford NH. Not all of them were as famous as the festival’s headliners (a group that included for King & Country, Skillet, and Toby Mac.), but each was supported by a lightshow worthy of a star, thanks to a main stage rig that featured over 75 Chauvet Professional fixtures.
“We designed this rig to be complete so it could provide big looks for the opening acts, while also complementing the floor packages brought in by the headliners,” said Tim Messina of Events United, which also supplied a “world class sound system” for the event. “As Soulfest has continued to grow over the years, Events United’s role has grown with it - from first providing production for a few smaller stages, to this year providing full production (audio, video, lighting, and backline) for the large stages of the festival.”
It was Events United’s goal to create striking, yet simple symmetry and basic fixture profile modes for the downstage, mid-stage and upstage trusses of the Revival Stage (A stage) rig. The Events United team provided this straightforward and impactful set-up to allow easy cloning for touring LDs, all of whom carried their own floor packages to complement EU’s flown system.
The A Stage rig featured an impressive ensemble of: 12 Maverick MK2 Washes, 12 Maverick MK1 Hybrids, four Maverick MK2 Spots, 32 COLORado 2 Solos, four Ovation E-260WW IP elipsoidals, eight Xeno 2500 strobes, six STRIKE 1 units and six STRIKE 4 fixtures. Each side of the stage
UK - Alan Jacobi of Unusual Rigging was honoured with the 2018 Gottelier Award at the PLASA Show. Named in memory of Tony Gottelier, the renowned industry innovator and commentator, this annual award recognises product developers who have made significant long-term contributions to the advancement of entertainment, presentation or installation technology.
Voted for by his industry peers, Jacobi was this year's recipient, having worked rigorously to raise the profile and professionalism of the rigging industry and having long recognised the need for training and education in the sector. He has been a driving force behind the NRC accreditation scheme since the beginning in 2005, and Unusual Rigging is an Assessment Centre for the NRC.
Jacobi comments: "I am so very honoured, not just to be this year's recipient of the Gottelier Award, but to know how much support I have from industry peers, friends and colleagues. They not only voted me the winner of this year's award, but have been a source of support over the years as we strive to give riggers the credit and professional respect they deserve."
He continues: "We have just made a giant step forward, having just this month won the case for having a CSCS card for members of the rigging industry to access construction sites and carry out the work they need to do. The Gottelier Award by no means signals that my work on this issue is done – there's still lots left to do and I look forward to the challenge."
UK - Innovative technology and insightful seminars have been the highlights on Day One at the PLASA Show, with exhibitors wowing visitors with new technologies and stylish solutions.
After revealing its new stand concept, Platinum Sponsor Robe continues to showcase its latest lighting fixtures in a show-stopping stand production featuring a dance troupe, rain, fire and a mysterious cave, all visible from the Gallery Level. “We decided to create a ‘Lost World’ trilogy for three trade shows,” explains design duo Nathan Wan and Andy Webb. “We drew inspiration from Tomb Raider, Indiana Jones and the Goonies, creating an epic fire VS water battle. We always go big and this year sees a 22m wide rain feature.”
Stand aesthetics have led the way for Yamaha, too. Chris Irvine, Yamaha’s product manager, says: “This year we took a new approach which has had a great reaction. Rather than bringing loads of gear, we built an aesthetically-pleasing stand and chose a few key products - the legacy PM5D digital mixing console which is out of production, and the modern, cutting-edge PM7. This has allowed us to engage with visitors regarding which products they have used over the years.”
Debuting at PLASA for the first time are Epson with their PLASA Award for Innovation-nominated EB-L1755U projector, which has already proved itself as a show-stopper. Sharon Head, sales manager for Epson, says: “I’ve been delighted by our first time at PLASA Show - it has exceeded expectations. Footfall came quick and fast and we’ve met interesting new potentia
UK - The 41st edition of PLASA Show - the worldwide event for live entertainment technologies (16-18 September) - opened the doors of London Olympia this morning along with Platinum Sponsor Robe, Silver Sponsor Infinity and Hawthorn as Technical Sponsor. The atmosphere is tangible as exhibitors and visitors waste no time in browsing new products and discussing industry trends.
200+ brands are present representing each sector across the live events and entertainment spectrum, and the seminar programme is brimming with expert sessions and enlivening talks. Plus, the all new Hands-on Rigging Area and Rigging Theatre are welcoming both aspirational and seasoned riggers.
“After months of hard work, the team and I are excited to see PLASA Show 2018 in action”, says PLASA managing director Peter Heath. “Many of our industry’s leading brands are here with their iconic products and fresh launches, and our programme, delivered by hand-picked professionals, will enthral a wider audience than ever before. Whatever you’re into, you’ll find it at PLASA Show 2018.”
The show has already seen several UK debuts and revealed brand new products, including the hotly anticipated SuperSpikie from Robe - the bigger, brighter, bolder version of Spikie. This versatile product, ideal for stage, set or studio, is dazzling visitors with its rich colour, powerful zoom and additional rotating gobo feature. Following on from last year’s popular ‘mirror man’ performance, Robe’s 2018 stand offers an exclusive viewing platform, creating a unique way to experie
UK - Lighting and rigging specialist TSL Lighting has announced the appointment of respected head rigger Ali Morris to the team as rigging project manager.
Morris brings a wealth of rigging experience to TSL, having worked in the live events industry since the mid-90s. His work has encompassed many disciplines, from theatre, television and rock & roll to festivals, sports, corporate and political events, both in the UK and abroad.
During the 2012 Olympics, he looked after the rigging of specialist cameras in many of the venues across London including both vertical and horizontal tracks in the iconic Aquatic Centre.
He has also served as head rigger at Glastonbury, Wireless and V Festivals, supervising the main stages. His most recent challenge involved touring a 4.5t custom built gantry crane for Matthew Bourne’s new production of The Red Shoes.
Morris’s appointment coincides with TSL’s investment in a further 36 x Litec EXE Rise SF8:1 30m HOL hoists, supplied by Adam Beaumont at Area 4 Industries. This takes stock levels to well over 200 hoists, all rated at D8 or D8+ level.
TSL's managing director Sam Tamplin, says: “Ali is a fantastic rigger and all round great guy. He already shares a close working relationship with so many of our project management team and works on many of our projects in a freelance role. Welcoming him onto the team on a more formal basis is a no-brainer. We’re really looking forward to working more closely with him in the future.”