blumano-stagedb-visualBLUMANO launches Stage DB health & safety tool
Wednesday, 4 October 2017

UK - UK-based international entertainment industry engineering design and safety specialists and consultants BLUMANO Ltd has launched Stage DB - a unique new multi-lingual software tool for co-ordinating and collating all the necessary machinery / equipment documentation to meet production health and safety requirements.
Stage DB has been developed for BLUMANO by Lluis Diaz-Guerra, also one of three directors of the company which launched in 2014. Since then, BLUMANO has led the way in establishing important health and safety related working practices for the world of concert touring, special events and large spectaculars.
Any tour or event needs to produce a fully organised bundle of documentation, including all the mandatory certificates and reports mandated by the H&S work regulations. This is often required in different languages, all of which also have to be available for inspection by local authorities.
This veritable minefield of administration takes serious time and resources, so Stage DB is designed to make the job infinitely quicker, logical, more cost-effective and easier once the raw data is entered into the system.
BLUMANO’s Cristiano Giavedoni comments: “This is the first system of its kind that has been conceived and developed specifically to work within the short and often highly pressured timeframes of the concert, show and event industry.”
The project manager can create the project with start/end dates; the person overseeing the kit being loaded onto the truck can go online and drag-&-drop the relevant e

chris-caiazzoChris Caiazzo joins Professional Wireless Systems
Wednesday, 4 October 2017

USA - Audio industry veteran Chris Caiazzo has joined Orlando-based Professional Wireless Systems as technical sales manager. In his new position, Caiazzo will be responsible for sales, technical support and project management. The announcement was made by Jim Van Winkle, general manager for Professional Wireless Systems.
“I am very happy to be working with Chris again,” said Van Winkle. “His vast experience in the industry, and knowledge of wireless systems integration will be invaluable to our customers. I am very confident that he will be a key part of our growth for years to come.”
Caiazzo began his career working for Van Winkle at Masque Sound, parent company of Professional Wireless Systems, in 1994. He began his own audio company, Technically Sound LLC, in 2006. Since then he has provided a variety of sound reinforcement services in the broadcast, corporate, theater, and live sound markets.
“I’m excited to join the PWS team,” explains Caiazzo. “This is a challenging time for the industry. Not only are we losing a bulk of the 600 MHz band, but also portions of the spectrum below 600 MHz because of the DTV repack – the industry is going through a big transition. I’m looking forward to helping our customers through the process and finding them solutions that will fit their needs moving forward.”
(Jim Evans)

tomTom Bowers joins Lightrhythm Visuals
Wednesday, 4 October 2017

UK - Award-winning creative video studio Lightrhythm Visuals has expanded its senior team with the addition of Tom Bowers as head of strategic innovation. His role will be to develop the global footprint of the business, leveraging his extensive broadcast and social TV and fan engagement expertise.
Founder Ben Sheppee comments, “Tom brings a skill set that means new and existing clients can capitalise on his in-depth knowledge of engaging large audiences.”
Bowers has worked on major shows including The Brit Awards, where he innovated the first regulated live global social vote, as well as championing the first wave of socially dynamic TV advertising in the UK. He has conceptualised end-to-end broadcast experiences, strategies and standout fan engagement deployments for leading media companies such as BskyB, ITV, Channel 4, BT Sport, 4Music, MTV, RTE, Canal+, TF1, and ZDF.
(Jim Evans)

smartpdu-plasa-award-l-r-erik-davidson-and-mats-karlssonAC-ET adds StageSmarts to portfolio
Wednesday, 4 October 2017

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) was recently appointed as the UK-exclusive distributor for Swedish-based StageSmarts AB's smartPDU intelligent power distribution system, which received a PLASA Award for Innovation at this year's show at London Olympia.
The appointment extends AC-ET's portfolio of innovative and leading power, distro & dimming brands for all entertainment applications, including touring, theatre, education, and TV / studio.
AC-ET's UK sales & purchasing director, Jonathan Walters, commented: “We are delighted to add StageSmarts to our portfolio. As a company always looking for the next true innovation in entertainment technology, the smartPDU really stands out as a game-changer in its product category - something which both the PLASA Awards judging panel and visitors to our stand seemed to agree with.”
(Jim Evans)

thedjangoAshley Audio mixer jazzes up The Django
Wednesday, 4 October 2017

USA - A/V integration firm Essential Communications recently added an Ashly Audio digiMIX24 digital mixing console to the Meyer sound reinforcement system at the Django, a jazz club located under New York’s Roxy Hotel.
“The Roxy is our client, and they were in the market for a new live mixer for The Django,” explained David Schwartz, president of Essential Communications. “They wanted all of the functionality and processing power of a large console, but they didn’t have a lot of physical room to put it.
“The Ashly digiMIX24 is compact and packs a ton of features into a small footprint. However, Ashly was very clever in the design so that all of the functionality appears seamlessly. It’s uniquely powerful, but also uniquely easy to use. They will use its full power for jazz shows, but they’ll also use its ‘EZ Mode’ for meetings and other events.”
Ashly Audio, long known for building rock-solid amplifiers, signal processors (both analog and digital), and user interfaces, started out in the early 1970s building live mixing consoles. The Ashly digiMIX24 will give The Django tactile control, a touchscreen with intuitive menu architecture, 24 inputs, 14 mix buses, 32-bit conversion & processing, dynamics, equalization, digital effects, and easy scene recall.
In addition, the Ashly digiMIX24 comes with a free iPad remote control app. “The Django’s FOH engineer wanted to have the ability to walk around the club and mix remotely,” Schwartz says. “He wants to hear the mix from different perspectives; like looking at a w

gracechurch1-1High Tech meets warmth at Grace Church
Wednesday, 4 October 2017

USA - Grace Church’s new campus in North Carolina’s Research Triangle benefits from AVL system installed by the CSD Group.
With its sweeping inwardly curved stage, gently arched ceiling, fanned seating arrangements, the inside of the church resembles a contemporary theatre or conference centre yet makes worshippers feel at home by projecting a sense of warmth and intimacy via the Chauvet Professional Ovation and COLORdash LED luminaires that CSD used to anchor the lighting system.
“This church is fully contemporary in style, but its leaders also wanted an immersive environment with a sense of transcendence,” says Doug Hood, president of the CSD Group. “The even warm white front and stage lighting we got from the Ovation fixtures makes it easy for worshippers to see the stage and connect to the people on it. When you look at a well-lit stage, you are more likely to become immersed in what you’re seeing.”
The CSD team positioned 12 Ovation F-165WW Fresnels and 16 Ovation E-260WW with 26-degree lenses on downstage truss for front washing and key lighting. A collection of 16 COLORdash Batten-Quad 6 linear fixtures is arranged along the front of the stage for low angle color foot lighting.
Adding colour and warmth to the design are 16 COLORdash Par-Quad 7 fixtures, which were placed in each of the truss structures. In addition to serving as truss warmers, these fixtures enhance the room’s architectural features. “The truss warmers provide a sense of height to the room without full lighting,” says Adam Henderson, operations manag

Space age technology lands in Adelaide
Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Australia - Novatech assisted with the technical solution at the 68th International Astronautical Congress held on 25-29 September at the Adelaide Convention Centre’s Plenary Building.
Adelaide’s Ding Productions & Slingsby Theatre were engaged to create a bespoke opening performance. Ding’s creative producer Jo Casson worked with Novatech’s Leko Novakovic to design an interactive setting where the live performers on stage would perform in a holographic environment in a performance, The Journey.
Novatech debuted their new 4K resolution, 32,000 ANSI Laser Projectors that created an illusion of space on stage. The company also worked with Richard Saunders from Ikonix to take advantage of the latest generation of holographic technology, Hologauze.
Managing director of Novatech, Leko Novakovic, said: “We were thrilled to use the latest generations of video projection and holographic technology for an event like the International Astronautical Congress. It was important to provide the very best to the audience that came from the space industry around the world and to showcase what Adelaide can offer and produce.”
Leko added: “For the vision component, content was run from our d3 4x4 Pro server to both a main & backup Barco UDX-4K projector as well feeding a Di Colour 9m x 5m 4.8mm pitch LED screen.
“On the lighting side, we used our brand new Clay Paky Scenius Unicos, ETC Source 4 Lustre Profiles, Clay Paky Sharpys and a couple of 6w RGB full colour lasers all driven from a MA Lighting Grand MA 2 and NPU.”

flare-ceo-davies-roberts-2Flare Audio named in Parliamentary Review
Wednesday, 4 October 2017

UK - Flare Audio has received recognition by the Government as a leading UK innovator, following the publication of The Parliamentary Review this autumn.
The annual review, published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, showcases businesses that demonstrate best practice at every level of industry, and features a foreword by the Prime Minister, Theresa May.
Flare Audio founder Davies Roberts described how, since launching in 2010, the company developed a revolutionary new type of loudspeaker and earphone technology for professional and consumer use, providing a previously unheard level of audio clarity.
Sir Eric Pickles, chairman of the Review, said: “It has never been more important for government to hear the views of business and the public sector in a constructive forum. It is also a vital time to share best practice and progress.”
The Parliamentary Review’s director Daniel Yossman added: “Flare Audio and other hardworking organisations from across the country have come together to make this year’s Review possible.”
Davies Roberts commented: “It was an absolute pleasure to have been involved with The Parliamentary Review of 2017 and I would like to thank everyone who nominated Flare to be included in the publication this year. Our vision at Flare is to become a global force in sound technology and it was very encouraging to have been recognised at such an early stage of our growth.”
(Jim Evans)

TAIT Stage Technologies sponsors ITEAC 2018
Wednesday, 4 October 2017

UK - The International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (ITEAC) has confirmed TAIT Stage Technologies as the principal sponsor of the 2018 conference, taking place in London on 3-5 June 2018.
TAIT Stage Technologies is the event’s major sponsor for a fourth consecutive conference, having been one of the founder sponsors of the initial event in 2002.
ABTT chief executive, Robin Townley, comments, “The commitment to supporting ITEAC 2018 that TAIT Stage Technologies has so generously made, is hugely important to allowing the next edition to be presented.
Presented by the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT), the fifth edition of the quadrennial event will take place on Sunday 3 June, Monday 4 June and Tuesday 5 June 2018 at Savoy Place, the global engineering hub of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
A Call for Sessions has already been issued to those involved in the planning, design, construction, specification and operation of places of entertainment, as well as to writers, designers, performers, producers and production teams. Submissions may still be sent to David Staples via
All parties are invited to register their interest in attending, speaking or sponsoring the Conference, via the ITEAC website:
(Jim Evans)

ag4-1JPJ Audio on the road with Ariana Grande
Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Australia - Ariana Grande brought her Dangerous Woman Tour to Australia this September and JPJ Audio joined her on the road.
FOH engineer Simon ‘Si’ Thomas specified a Clair Cohesion PA to be utilised for her entire tour – unless when unavailable in certain country when an L-Acoustics K1 or d&b J series were use.
“It’s very compact and lightweight compared to other line arrays in its class and it’s got lots of headroom,” commented Thomas. “It has a really good high/mid which is very smooth. With this kind of music there’s a lot of odd sub content that goes down really low with which the CP-218’s do a really good job. The CP-218 sub is particularly good, it’s very powerful.”
In Sydney, Ariana played the ICC Sydney Theatre with 16 CO-12 per side in the main hang, 12 CO-12 per side in the side-hang and three CP-218 flown per side in cardioid. Another six CP-218 per side were ground stacked in cardioid. In-fills were Clair CO-8.
“No one had flown subs in there like we did and I believe that made a lot of difference because if there’s too much down on the floor, it’s pointless,” he said. “Once you get some sub higher up, it works really well. I had heard horror stories about the venue but it was fine and quite decent sounding. Although getting in and out of it is a pain.”
FOH there is a fair amount of analogue involvement, with Thomas using the SD7’s subgroups to route out through Lake processors which convert the digital to analogue.
“I then have a Neve Portico 5059 Satellite 16x2+2 S

spy-moscowI Spy Nexo in Moscow
Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Russia - The Spy Moscow Club in the city’s Triumphal Square has specified a matched system of Nexo Geo S12 and PS Series loudspeakers.
The installation was completed by DJSOUND Company, which had to design a system that fitted with the club interior and met the most stringent audio performance requirements.
“The system had to provide uniform coverage with awesome sound quality,” explained Gulya Zaripova of Nexo’s Russian distributor SIM. “The Spy Moscow club has a varied itinerary of entertainments and events; live music, DJs and karaoke, as well as background music, so the system had to work across all those applications. And the club wanted it installed within very tight deadlines.”
For the live music stage, a main PA of Geo S12 Series was selected, together with RS18 subbass. In the VIP zones, a combination of Nexo PS8 and PS10-R2 speakers were fitted. All speakers are powered by NXAMP4x4 and NXAMP 4x1 amplifiers, set up for plug ‘n’ play.
The design of the system allows the main PA to adapt easily between the club’s different modes. DJSOUND Company installed a mobile rail suspension system that allows the system to be oriented speedily between live music and karaoke and ‘club’ set-ups.
(Jim Evans)

sonic-waveSonic Wave to distribute Apart Audio in UAE
Tuesday, 3 October 2017

UAE - Sonic Wave has become the exclusive Apart Audio distributor in the UAE from October.

Andy Williams, general manager at Sonic Wave said: “In an industry that has an ever-increasing demand for both the highest quality and the best value, Apart delivers a range of products with an outstanding audio performance while being incredibly cost-effective. Adding Apart to the Sonic Wave portfolio will make us your one-stop shop
for all AV requirements.”

Kris Vermuyten, sales and marketing director at Apart Audio, added: “We are delighted to start the cooperation with Sonic Wave and further expand the Apart presence in the UAE market. We are looking forward to working with the qualified Sonic Wave staff and together support their dealers and system integrators as the Apart product range is an excellent addition to the Sonic Wave brand portfolio.”

(Jim Evans)

jnd-welcomes-gibson-pro-audio-fb-graphicJands appointed Gibson Pro Audio distributor
Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Australia - Jands has been appointed as the Australian distributor of Gibson Pro Audio brands KRK, Stanton, Cerwin-Vega, Cakewalk and Neat.
Jands’ managing director Paul Mulholland, said: “It is great to be back representing Stanton, having first represented Stanton in the early 2000's. Jands are excited to have the opportunity to work with Gibson Pro Audio under whose guidance and management Stanton, along with KRK and Cerwin Vega, have become market leaders in their category. 
Gibson Pro Audio's general manager Ingrid Calvo added: “We are extremely excited and very much looking forward to working with Jands as our new partner for Gibson Pro Audio in Australia. Jands is a long standing, highly professional distributor and we believe they are a great fit for our brands and products.” 
With its headquarters and a service department in Sydney, a factory in Melbourne and offices in Brisbane and Perth, Jands employs over 120 people across Australia.

(Jim Evans)

bikerideCharity bike ride raises over £3,500 for mental health support
Tuesday, 3 October 2017

UK - A 120-mile charity bike ride from Bath to the PLASA Show in London has so far raised over £3,500 towards a charity aimed at improving mental health in the industry.
The team of three cyclists, comprising Andy Lenthall of the Production Services Association (PSA); John McEvoy of PRG and Dan Page of DiGiGrid (who had just returned from a 1,000 mile ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End) completed the journey in 7 hours, to join industry colleagues at the annual trade show.
The ride was organised as part of an ongoing collaboration between the PSA and PLASA, which aims to tackle the issue of mental health in the entertainment industry and encourages companies to take an active lead by offering Mental Health First Aid training - equipping staff with the skills required to identify and support colleagues suffering with mental health problems. The money raised from the bike ride will fund subsidised training for self-employed production personnel.
With little time to rest after the bike ride, Andy Lenthall and PLASA’s managing director Peter Heath brought the issue to the main stage of the PLASA Show’s leading seminar programme.
Joined by Kelly Murray, editor of TPi magazine and Steve Banks, chairman of the PSA, they hosted a well-attended panel session titled Improving our approach to mental health. During the session, the panel discussed ways companies can support employees, including investing in Mental Health First Aid training and working with to create mental health action plans. The panel al

mtv-awardsGLP JDC1s envelop the Forum for MTV awards
Tuesday, 3 October 2017

USA - The 36th edition of the MTV Video Music Awards was broadcast live from the Forum in Inglewood, California. While Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars and The Weeknd were among the nominees for Video of The Year (Lamar picking up the main award), the show itself featured performances from other members of pop royalty, including Miley Cyrus, Ed Sheeran, Fifth Harmony, Lorde, Shawn Mendes and DNCE.
Within the vast creative stage set, designed by Stufish’s Ric Lipson, GLP fixtures had a major role to play, with 194 of their new JDC1 hybrid strobes being deployed by 22 Degrees’ LD Bob Barnhart, and supplied by PRG. These had a huge presence across the set - distributed among the overhead canopies, the two layers of outer rings, in the back of the arena (as eye candy in camera backgrounds) and on the overhead main stage area.
The designer was first exposed to GLP’s versatile new strobe at LDI last year. With GLP Inc president, Mark Ravenhill, he discussed the possibility of hitching the yoke of GLP’s X4 Bar batten onto the new JDC1. “Mark came back to me the next day and indicated that the engineers thought it was possible,” he reports. “And when he told me earlier this summer that the unit was shipping, I thought this would be a good show to try them out on.”
The JDC1’s were augmented by other fixtures from the GLP catalogue, including 12 of the X4 Bar 10’s and 42 x X4 Bar 20s, as well as eight GLP X4 atoms and 50 x GT-1 hybrids.
Barnhart’s mission had been to encompass the entire room in lighting. “The goal was to change the Fo

ibc17boothBroaMan intercom devices launched at IBC
Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Europe - German fibre network company BroaMan has reported an “overwhelmingly successful launch” of its new Repeat8-NANO and Mux22-Intercom devices, which were introduced to distributors, broadcasters and the media at this year’s IBC 2017 in Amsterdam.
According to technical sales manager Maciek Janiszewski the response from customers in this sector could not have been more positive. He said: “Despite other similar products populating the market there remains a constant need for smaller interfaces, which we have identified - and one with the ability to handle 12G-SDI and 4K transmission for which this is perfect. We have reduced the channel count and size from the original Repeat48, but have maintained the same highest quality.”
BroaMan MD Tine Helmle, added: “At the same time the price/performance ratio is amazing, and at the same time we have managed to move the larger Repeat48 and Repeat48WDM to a much lower price point. It is the cost-per-channel that is such a significant feature of this series - and that was certainly the most frequent comment we received at IBC.”
(Jim Evans)

high-endHigh End resumes Hedgehog distribution
Tuesday, 3 October 2017

USA - High End Systems resumed exclusive distribution for its HOG4 HedgeHog console products from 1 October. Customers can now purchase HedgeHog 4 products directly from authorized High End Systems dealers and distributors, and the company retains the single point of initial distribution for the entire console line.
HedgeHog consoles are small but pack a serious punch. Built for travel (even on a plane), HedgeHogs are compact and lightweight - perfect for new users and smaller venues. School theaters, nightclubs, corporate events, medium-scale rental events and Houses of Worship are the HedgeHog 4's natural habitat. HedgeHog 4 consoles share the same programming layout and capability as their larger brothers, and can happily load show files from any console in the range.
In the coming months, High End Systems will be introducing a new series of console training videos.
(Jim Evans)

curious-incidentAvolites dimmers on Curious Incident tour
Tuesday, 3 October 2017

UK - A bespoke 'dimmer world' dolly system using three Avolites ART2000 dimmer racks is proving the right solution for the ongoing UK and international tour of the National Theatre's multi-award-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.
Providing the touring production with a reliable dimming, power distribution, hoist and pyrotechnical control system is a unique 'dimmer world' system designed by the tour's production electrician, Chris Mence. British rental experts, Hawthorn, supplied the three Avolites ART2000 dimmer racks that made-up part of Mence's dimmer system alongside their provision of the tour's entire lighting element.
"The 'dimmer world' system enables us to roll in the entire lighting control and mains distribution package in one hit," says Mence. "It's a plug-and-play solution with the Avolites ART2000 racks providing the dimming control for the production's lighting elements."
Mence has been involved in Curious Incident since 2014 when the show was relaunched into the Gielgud Theatre following initial runs at the National's Dorfman Theatre (formerly the Cottesloe Theatre) and the Apollo Theatre in the West End. The established electrician continues to work on the tour as it embarks on its first international leg following a successful UK run.
"The dimming requirements for the tour changed as we moved over to new LED fixtures for the lighting rig in January 2017," says Mence. "The ART2000 units offer a Hot-Patch system. The system is easily changeable and made integration much simpl

adamsonAdamson on song for The Edinburgh Mela
Tuesday, 3 October 2017

UK - Scotland’s foremost celebration of cultural diversity, The Edinburgh Mela, brought the curtain down on Edinburgh’s festival season last month. The sound for this multi-cultural extravaganza was designed by Live Systems, who used an Adamson S10 line array loudspeaker system. The company supplied all of the technical equipment for the Edinburgh Mela 2017.
Founded in 1995 to showcase the talents of Edinburgh’s ethnic minorities, Edinburgh Mela has now grown to regularly attract thousands of people to its extraordinary range of theatre, dance, music and art.
Taking its name from the Sanskrit word for 'gathering' or 'to meet', Mela has come to represent the widest reaches of the Edinburgh festivals, attracting the most exciting and colourful acts from southern Asia, as modern Scotland's diverse mix of heritage and culture is celebrated in style.
For 2017 the Mela evolved into a week-long festival culminating in an outdoor weekend event on Leith Links. Many communities came together on Leith Links on the first weekend in September to enjoy a diverse programme of music and dance which incorporated local and international acts, representing a wealth of countries and continents, from India to Africa to China, and the Arab nations.
Live Systems Ltd provided the event with all their sound, lighting, staging, video and power requirements along with a large team of technicians and crew to deliver the project successfully.
The main stage this year utilised their popular Prolyte ArcRoof stage with the addition of a catwalk for

hard-summer-fest-2017hard-stage2Elation flexibility at Hard Summer Music Festival
Tuesday, 3 October 2017

USA - California production company Stage-Tech again dipped into its extensive inventory of Elation Professional lighting gear to deliver an impactful lighting package for the Hard and Pink stages at this year’s Hard Summer Music Festival. With a venue change somewhat late in the scheduling – a move from the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana to the more scenic environs of the Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino – Stage-Tech had to be both flexible and resourceful, a challenge they met with the help of adaptable Elation lighting.
Held 5-6 August, the popular rave event celebrated its 10 year anniversary in style by paying homage to some of the artists who have filled the line-up over the past decade, including top acts Snoop Dogg, Bassnectar, DJ Snake, Zeds Dead and Justice.
Stage-Tech has been involved with Hard Summer for the last eight years and this year handled design, lighting, video, and staging for both the Hard Stage and Pink Stage. “The venue change just weeks before the festival meant we had to reinvent the design to fit into an amphitheater atmosphere instead of a larger outdoor venue,” commented Stage-Tech’s Charley Guest, lighting designer for the Hard and Pink stages and owner of the Santa Fe Springs-based company. “The versatility of the Elation gear, the variety of looks you can create and the hybrid ability of the luminaires, all made the changeover process easier.”
On the Hard Stage, a large outdoor stage and the festival’s main performance space, Platinum FLX hybrid moving heads and Platinum Bea

crazyforyouproductionphoto138Hawthorn supports Crazy For You UK tour
Tuesday, 3 October 2017

UK - Following positive reviews and sell-out shows, the Watermill Theatre’s production of Crazy for You has hit the road for a national tour. Working with producers Jamie Wilson, Gavin Kalin and the Watermill Theatre, full service technical production company Hawthorn is supplying lighting equipment for the highly-anticipated show.
The high-energy musical stars Strictly Come Dancing winners Tom Chambers and Caroline Flack as Bobby Child and Irene Roth. Crazy For You is billed as the ultimate feel-good musical with a score from the Gershwin brothers’ songbook.
The lighting designer for the tour is award-winning Howard Hudson, with Hawthorn supplying lighting equipment to his specification. To create the look and feel he was after, Hudson drew on a mixture of Martin MAC Viper Profile and Performance, GLP Impression 90 RGB and Claypaky Sharpy Wash fixtures along with Martin MAC Aura XB and ETC Source Four LED Lustr 2 fixtures - all controlled by an ETC ION system.
“The show was created at the Watermill in Summer 2016, always with the intention of touring in 2017. As such the lighting design was planned with this in mind. This wasn’t necessarily using like-for-like lighting fixtures, but more about using systems which we would be able to scale up for the tour,” says Hudson, talking about the design of the rig. “With so many shows touring in and up in a day now, the overhead rig was designed with just moving lights, removing the need to get ladders or telescopes onto the stage. The only lights needing a focus are easily

outlineA day in the park with Jamiroquai and Outline
Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Italy - Outline GTO PA system was used during the performance of electro-funk superstars Jamiroquai at the Firenze Summer Festival held in Florence's Cascine Park.
A year after its successful deployment at a similarly memorable Florence concert by Sting, Outline’s GTO systems was once more centre stage, but with a totally different music genre.
Outline product specialist Vincent ‘Vinnie’ Perreux explained: “The PA was designed by Outline and Tuscan rental firm Emporio On Stage, based on the predictions of Outline’s Open Array 3D software.”
Angelo Catoni, owner of Emporio On Stage, added, “I’d worked with Jamiroquai FOH engineer Rick Pope in the past, so knew what he’d want for the band as far as the PA was concerned and in fact our design met with all-round satisfaction right from the paperwork stage. The enclosures respond really well as far as directivity is concerned, ensuring coverage exactly where they are pointed, so we were able to limit the majority of the sound to the audience area.”
The set-up comprised a 12-deep GTO hang per side as the main L&R system, each with two underslung GTO-DF down-fill enclosures plus six LIPF-082 front-fill enclosures covered the first rows of the crowd, plus two 12-element Mantas 28 hangs covering the stand seating to the sides.
Jamiroquai’s style of music relies on powerful, extended low-frequency reproduction and Emporio On Stage deployed 20 Outline DBS 18-2 subs plus eight LAB 21 infra-sub units.
FOH Rick Pope has worked with the band for over 20 years b

shambala-festival--nat-hopking-1MLA Compact provides punch for Shambala
Tuesday, 3 October 2017

UK - Held at “a secret location in Market Harborough' on August Bank Holiday Weekend, the eclectic Shambala Festival featured 200 acts across a dozen or so stages of music programming, plus a roller disco, karaoke, contemporary circus performances and lots more.
Promoters, Bristol based Kembe Events, now have the formula down to a fine art, as do their technical service providers (and Martin Audio partners), Stage Audio Services (SAS), who have been involved with the event for the past dozen or so years.
Their MD Kevin Mobberley says the fact that they have just enjoyed their biggest summer ever is due in no small part to their investment in Martin Audio’s premium MLA Compact PA. “In fact, having now added MLA to our hire fleet we were able to give [the promoters] a choice between this and our other front line system; fortunately, they picked MLA which was great.”
He said that the promoters had always needed to look closely at offsite sound level issues - and so the controllability of MLA was perfect in that respect.
The main stage hangs consisted of 12 MLA Compact per side supported by four MLA Mini on each stage wing for in-fill, while four Martin Audio DD12’s provided front-fill.
Ten MLX subwoofers were designed in a broadside configuration - spaced equidistant, five wide and two high.
SAS front of house tech was Matt Hopkins, while other crew on site were Ross Clark and Phil Warwick.
Mobberley also praised the excellent technical support from Martin Audio in the shape of Nigel Meddemmen and Dan Orton.

adele-on-her-live-2016-tour-highlighted-by-robert-juliat-1800w-victor-followspots-adele-2016--mhvogelRobert Juliat on tour with Adele and Phil Collins
Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Europe - Robert Juliat Lancelot and Victor followspots have been specified for the tours of Adele and Phil Collins by Woodroffe Bassett Design lighting designers Patrick Woodroffe and Roland Greil.
Roland Greil, associate lighting designer, lighting director and programmer for all three tours, said:
“The designs for Adele’s arena tour in 2016, for which Adam Bassett was the associate lighting designer, and her stadium tour in 2017 were completely different from each other. The former was based upon a very symmetrical lighting rig that was all about creating a good-looking picture frame with Adele as the centre of attention in the middle. We kept the colours muted with 80% of the lighting being different shades of white, with a few shades of blue and very little else.”
He continued: “For the indoor arena tour we used two Robert Juliat Victor 1800W followspots as truss spots because there was not a lot of movement on stage: Adele’s biggest move was from the main stage to the B-stage and back again, so the spot call was easy and the Victors were perfect for our needs. They were reliable and bright and easy for the operators to handle – just what you would want and expect from a followspot - and performed well for all 120 tour dates.” Woodroffe was later to receive a Knight of Illumination award for his design for Adele Live 2016.
For Adele’s 11-date international stadium run this year, the design shifted to a circular stage and in-the-round setting to give maximum viewing for the huge audiences who packed the stadiums. Woo


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