Canada - With the popularity of boxing on the rise in Ontario, ensuring Canadian audiences get the kind of bang for their buck provided by high profile bouts is increasingly important. For Craig Bickerstaffe, owner of Toronto production services company, ShowWorks Inc., that means investing regularly in cutting edge LED technologies.
ShowWorks road-tested and then purchased Elation’s new DARTZ 360 narrow-beam fixture, as well as ADJ Vizi CMY300 hybrid moving heads, just prior to United Boxing Promotions’ The Big Hurt at the Hershey Centre in Ontario in May. SFM, Elation’s exclusive distributor in Canada, provided the DARTZ and Vizi CMY300 fixtures to ShowWorks for road testing.
“The first time I saw the DARTZ I was in Montreal and I was blown away by the amount of output for a 50-watt LED fixture,” Bickerstaffe states, adding that many of the lighting designers ShowWorks has worked with have been similarly impressed. “They’re definitely the right small beam fixtures for our inventory and both products are compatible with our Power Con infrastructure, which meant we didn’t have to make an additional investment.”
With a beam spread of only three degrees and beam effects produced from a 50W RGB LED engine, the DARTZ 360 is extremely bright for its wattage and size and delivers an output comparable to larger discharge lamp fixtures. In addition to eleven fixed gobos for surface or mid-air pattern looks, it houses two prisms to multiply the effect and a linear frost for bright washes.
For The Big Hurt United Boxing P
Europe - Integrated Systems Events, the producers of the Integrated Systems Europe exhibition, has announced that its 2021 edition will be held at Gran Via, part of the Fira de Barcelona exhibition complex in Spain on 2-5 February.
The new venue will become the permanent location for the AV and systems integration show.
An ISE statement says, “The decision to relocate the ISE exhibition comes after 18 months of research into the viability of remaining at the RAI Amsterdam. With annual growth in ISE exhibitors and attendees approaching 10%, and the international AV market forecast to grow by 5% per annum through to 2021, it was concluded that ISE was outgrowing its popular Amsterdam location.
“ISE 2018 attracted 80,923 attendees, of which 22,000 were visiting the show for the first time while 1,296 exhibitors filled 53,000 net sqm of floor space in 15 halls. ISE 2019 is expected to increase on these record-breaking figures.”
Mike Blackman, managing director Integrated Systems Events, comments: “The RAI and Amsterdam have provided a fantastic location, been great partners and contributed to the success of the show. But, demand from exhibitors, and the continued increase in the numbers of attendees, showed us that limited floor space was in danger of putting a brake on the show’s development. In spite of all our best efforts this was not an issue we felt could be solved by staying at the RAI Amsterdam.
“We conducted extensive exhibitor and attendee research and visited many major exhibition centres in Europe before making th
USA - DPA Microphones has announced that Paul Andrews and Chris Brunhaver have joined the company as the new global sales support & business development manager and regional sales manager, Pacific Northwest, respectively.
"With the addition of Paul and Chris, we are adding over 23 years of industry experience and expertise to the DPA team in the U.S.," says Christopher Spahr, VP of marketing and sales, DPA Microphones, Inc. "We are excited to welcome these two highly qualified individuals and look forward to their many contributions as we continue to grow our market share and reinforce our commitment to the industry."
In his new role, Andrews will be responsible for brand development and support through technical and application driven informational presentations. Andrews began his musical career as a student at the University of Denver, studying classical guitar under Ricardo Iznaola. He made the transition into audio recording at A&M Records, and currently acts as the owner/engineer of Bridge Recording Studios. Andrews has recorded artists such as Sheryl Crow, Aerosmith, Boyz II Men, Dennis Chambers, Bill Evans and the CSU Symphony Orchestra and Big Band.
Brunhaver brings over 15 years of experience in the A/V industry including design, project management, systems integration and sales with successful stints at Sony and Digital Projection where he covered a similar sales territory. Brunhaver's nine state territory in the Pacific Northwest is comprised of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota and Alas
Columbia - sE Electronics International, Inc. and Fingerprint Audio – sE’s North and South American distributor - have appointed Konectar Pro Audio as the exclusive Colombian distributor of sE’s entire line of microphones, patented Reflexion Filter products, and studio accessories.
“We are very pleased with Konectar’s approach to this important market and are proud to have them on board representing the line in Colombia,” says Josh Thomas, Fingerprint Audio’s general manager.
Konectar Pro Audio was founded in 2015 by Oscar Montoya (CEO) and his wife Genith Lopez, who each worked on the technical and administrative sides of event production for many years.
Montoya says, “We have always been dedicated to advising and selling solutions for audio, video, lighting and stage. Now, we will be showing our customers the benefits of sE Electronics products, their manufacturing philosophy and their passion for audio.”
UK - Signify reports that its new LED stage luminaire, the Philips Vari-Lite VL2600 Profile, made its world debut on the stages of the Forestry Commission's Forest Live shows in June. Supplied by Pearce Hire, the VL2600s were used to light performances by artists including Gary Barlow, The Script, Kasabian and Paloma Faith on this summer's first Forest Live weekend.
Peterborough-based Pearce Hire is the first company in the world to invest in these latest luminaires from the Philips Vari-Lite brand. They purchased 40 VL2600 Profiles from London-based show lighting specialist Flashlight Ltd. On delivery, 20 fixtures were supplied to each of two Forest Live shows, at Thetford Forest in Suffolk and Delamere Forest in Cheshire.
Pearce Hire's general manager Jim Brown says, "We'd looked at several alternative fixtures and the VL2600s were the brightest by a country mile. We do a lot of outdoor shows in the summer season, so we need fixtures with the light output to compete with daylight. The VL2600's brightness and the high colour temperature produce beams that really stand out."
He adds, "A big plus was the two gobo wheels: having access to that number of effects gives real flexibility. Often, fixtures will sacrifice the second gobo wheel to make room for the framing shutters, but with the VL2600 Profile there is no trade-off. They've got everything, the gobos, the framing, the quality optics, the colours - they're everything you would expect a Vari-Lite to be."
For the Forest Live shows, Pearce Hire's project manager
Canada - Built over a century ago, the Imperial Theatre in the city of Saint Johns, New Brunswick has played host to many a legendary show. In the mid 1980s, a huge restoration project took place, bringing the theatre back to its original glory.
With its colourful history and design, the Imperial Theatre still enjoys a busy schedule with music, film and theatre shows filling its diary. It has recently taken delivery of two DiGiCo SD12 consoles.
“We looked at a lot of consoles from a lot of different manufacturers. They each had things we liked and didn’t like,” explains the theatre’s head of sound, Sean Boyer. “Time again, the SD12 bubbled to the top of our conversations because of its small footprint, flexibility, world-class preamps, expandability and its light weight, trust me, that was a consideration. Our previous consoles would take four people to back up and move, but the SD12 can be set up by two people without strain. We constantly see DiGiCo at the top of the list for asks on riders, and engineers we had spoken with over the months couldn’t sing their praises highly enough! Once I got my hands on one during a demo, I was sold on it.”
Danny Legendre of DiGiCo’s Canadian distributor, Gerr Audio, who supplied the console, provided on-site training although, as Sean recalls, the team already had the system up and running prior to his arrival.
“As we had already had the SD12s up and running flawlessly, Danny’s time was spent providing training to the secondary operators,” he says. “At the start, they found the tr
Italy - Playing during June and July, the annual Ravenna Festival is currently taking place in the city of Ravenna, making great advances in its audio production and delivery. At the heart of the sound system are d&b audiotechnik’s Soundscape immersive live audio technology, and mixing systems from fellow German systems innovator, Lawo.
For the past three years, Italian rental company BH Audio – which specialises in classical, contemporary and jazz production work – has used the combined d&b/Lawo platform for critical trials ahead of Soundscape’s official launch at the ISE event in February.
In charge of the Ravenna Festival system setup is BH Audio’s Massimo Carli, who chose Lawo’s IP audio capable mc²36 console for FOH mixing as he had previously proved its adaptability at a Verdi Festival staged at the Farnese Theatre in Parma.
“After three weeks of rehearsal, the producers wanted multitrack recordings to be made – this was easy, using two recording systems connected to the console through Ravenna,” he says. “Then I was asked to add all the intercom and dressing room calls for the singers and choir – this was possible using only the desk’s channels and internal matrix.
“The mc²36 made it possible to meet all the requests without problems – it was very easy, and very fast. With other live consoles that we have in our warehouse, it would have been much more complicated, and I probably would have needed additional equipment.”
Returning to the Ravenna Festival, Carli says: “The use of Ravenna/AES
Russia - After 19 TV shows, dozens of songs, some special performances and innovative lighting designs, created and executed by Leonid Poznyanskiy, Songs on TNT TV project had its final broadcast on 2 June.
He deployed 24 GLP impression X4 Bar 20 and 24 JDC1 strobes in the production, which ran from the first episode until the last. And the final performance by the singer Nazima was made almost exclusively with the X4 Bar 20.
The designer admits that he has been a fan of the GLP products ever since the Eurovision Song Contest that took place in Moscow in 2009, when some of the first LED moving heads were placed in the side-fills. This signified to him that the new era in professional lighting had arrived.
Around two years ago Leonid came across the X4 Bar 20 for the first time and by summer 2017 he had the opportunity to use them in a project. At that time he was also working on multi-episode TV shows such as You are Super, Dancing and Dancing on TNT which were followed by a number of concerts in the State Kremlin Palace and Crocus City Hall. So, when preparation for Songs on TNT commenced, the X4 Bar 20 was again foremost in his mind.
“The fixture is unequalled because it differs from the moving heads we are all used to. The X4 Bar 20 can give you a wide planar field of light that cuts the air or they can be used as simple lines of coloured ‘bulbs’ following the truss architecture,” Leonid says.
Following the designer’s plan, 24 X4 Bar 20 were placed in two dynamic rows on moving trusses a
South Korea - Curated by Olivier Saillard, Volez, Voguez, Voyagez - Louis Vuitton tells the history of Louis Vuitton, beginning in 1854, through the archives of the family’s founding members.
Conceived and designed by Robert Carsen, the thematic journey has been touring around the world, including a stop in Seoul, South Korea. With strict guidelines for the exhibition lighting design, lighting specialist Baesung Kim needed a series of powerful yet flexible lighting solutions, so he worked with distributor Hansam Systems and created a design with 260 Gallery LED luminaires from Altman Lighting.
“The exhibition was part of the world tour for the Louis Vuitton show with the initial exhibition design coming from France that included lighting product specifications,” began Baesung Kim. “I joined the team for the stage setting and assisted with the product proposal, installation and execution of the show. Knowing we wanted to change the original product specifications to the Gallery LED series, we first conducted testing in South Korea, and then sent a product sample to France for their approval on specification.”
Kim continued, “I really like the intensity of illumination we can achieve with the 50W Gallery series and it has a good CRI value and local dim function. Additionally, it was also ideal for the design because the exhibition was very elegant and sophisticated, and the Gallery fixtures matched the luxurious concept of the show.
“The show was held inside the Dongdaemun Design Plaza and the Gallery fixtures were installed
Bulgaria - Nestled high in the Rhodope Mountains that line Bulgaria’s border with Greece, Meadows in the Mountains (MITM) is an annual festival that provides an experience both musically and geographically outside the mainstream - and off the beaten track. Located just outside the small town of Polkovnik Serafimovo, the festival returned this June for a four-day, non-stop party, powered by a Funktion-One sound system.
The very thing that makes MITM such a special festival – its spectacularly remote location – naturally meant this was far from a regular set-up. The system, supplied and installed by UK-based Audio Feed, undertook quite a journey to site. The truck carrying all the necessary kit from the UK was only able to travel half way up the mountainside – with the remainder of the trip made on a combination of smaller flatbed truck and horse-drawn cart.
The festival comprised six areas, each featuring a Funktion-One system, supported by XTA and MC2 to achieve the best quality audio in the low-pressure mountain air.
Audio Feed’s Oz Jefferies comments: “MITM is our favourite festival. Nestled up in the Bulgaria mountains above the clouds with no noise restrictions, the festival organisers give us free rein to create the best possible audio experience. Funktion One on every stage allows us to do this - it's not about volume, it's about clarity. Together with XTA and MC2 with have all the best tools to do this."
On the Main Stage, four Evolution 6Es were combined with eight F121s and two F101s. Two XTA APA-4E8D and two MC2 D
USA - Popular country music superstar Dierks Bentley, who has 17 No.1 hits to his credit, adds a sparkling humorous touch to the encore of his current blockbuster Mountain High Tour, when he appears over the stage in an “aircraft” to perform his hit single Drunk On A Plane.
Lighting and scenic designer Chris Reade of KYVA Design (Las Vegas), who collaborated on the creation of the faux plane with production designer Bruce Rodgers of Tribe, Inc. and production manager Jay Ballinger, is accenting this scenic element by lighting it with 12 Chauvet Professional STRIKE 1 single source 230W LED blinders, supplied by Christie Lites.
“I love the incandescent look and the warmth that I get from the STRIKE fixtures; it’s beautiful,” said Reade, who serves as the tour’s lighting designer. “The original plan was to use them exclusively on the B stage that Dierks walks on to perform for the crowd, because the light is so engaging. Further along in the process, though, we were looking at the ‘fly’ gag part of the show, where Dierks is piloting a plane. That’s when we decided to use 12 of the fixtures on our automated pods to create the combination look of a plane’s wings and landing lights.”
The STRIKE 1 fixtures are arranged in three groups of four units on the suspended truss pod structures that span most of the width of the stage. Bentley stands above the centre unit as the plane’s pilot. Floating over the stage deck, the structures are backed by the faint image of an airplane.
Illuminated from the sides and over
USA - Slamhammer recently deployed a host of Martin by Harman fixtures to elevate PRINCE: Live on the Big Screen, a live tribute concert that was held at Target Centre arena in Minneapolis.
The centrepiece of a four-day celebration of Prince’s life, the show took place on 20 April at the 20,000-seat Target Centre. The performance featured an all-star cast of musical collaborators from throughout the musician’s career, playing alongside multi-track recordings and live concert footage.
Paisley Park hired sound and lighting provider Slamhammer to create a versatile lighting rig for former Prince lighting designer Charles Ford. In order to deliver stunning visuals that would complement the video footage, Slamhammer selected an arsenal of Martin MAC Axiom Hybrid, MAC Viper Profile, MAC Aura, MAC Quantum Profile, and MAC Quantum Wash fixtures.
“On the anniversary of Prince’s death, the Paisley Park folks try to do something unique every year,” said Peter Skujins, qwner and president of Slamhammer. “They invited Charles Ford, who's worked as a lighting designer for Prince, to design the show, and he worked closely with the video crew. We knew we needed to provide a versatile lighting rig that would allow Charles to achieve a wide range of looks and compliment the video footage, so we put together a lighting package featuring our favourite Martin fixtures. They tend to make designers smile, so why would we not use them every time?”
The stage was set up at one end of the arena, with the musicians arranged in front of the main scre
USA - It may have been six years since Sugarland last hit the road, but Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles are showing audiences that time has not changed the Grammy-award winning duo’s energy or talent as they embark on their 2018 Still the Same Tour.
Bandit Lites provided the lighting package for the production. Lighting designer Chris Lisle and associate designer and programmer Erik Parker utilised lighting fixtures that would complement the ‘big top’ circus set. Prior to their hiatus, Sugarland was known for big sets and dynamic shows, and Lisle knew this production needed to be no different.
“From the moment house lights go down and the band takes the stage until the lights come back up, the goal is to transport the audience to a new place, a happier world full of love and unity,” explained Parker. “This design was very intentional with how each piece was used. Each fixture was placed in a way to compliment the overall look while simultaneously adding lighting pizzazz and keeping it relevant and fresh throughout the show.”
Using five lighting spokes connected by a fabric facia to create the circus look, projections feature looks that range from the traditional red and white stripes to a moon-lit sky. A flown half circle connects the spokes with two more sitting upright on the floor lined with Rogue RH1 fixtures to create angles and beams.
“Scenically, we brought many different and interesting textures from traditional ropes like you would find in an old theatre, to a star drop behind a translucent silver, riser faci
USA - ADJ’s new POW-R BAR65 and POW-R BAR LINK professional-calibre utility power blocks have been specifically designed for distributing reliable, surge-protected power on stage and at front-of-house, monitor mix and DJ positions.
The POW-R BAR65 is a utility power block that is fitted with six well-spaced-out and surge-protected 3-prong Edison 120V AC sockets which can be used for providing power to a wide variety of sound, lighting and effects equipment. It also has a USB charging port that can be used to provide power for a mobile phone or tablet and its case features a recessed slot that serves as a stand for one of these devices. This makes it ideal for use by sound, lighting and AV professionals to manage power distribution at front-of-house or other control positions.
In addition, the POW-R BAR65 also incorporates a four-port USB 3.0 hub, which can be used to hook up multiple USB storage and control devices to a laptop computer. These four ports can also change mobile phones as well. This makes it suitable for use as a part of a front of house, lighting desk or mobile DJ setup. The AC sockets can be used to power electronics, while the USB hub can be used to connect together a laptop, controller and peripherals.
Also new to the ADJ range is the POW-R BAR LINK. This is similar to the POW-R BAR65 – offering six surge-protected Edison 120V AC sockets – but without the USB hub and charging socket. It does, however, have the added benefit of a powerCON outlet socket, allowing multiple units to be daisy-chained together to provide extended
Belgium - TV presenter and singer Niels Destadsbader teamed up with composer, pianist and music producer Miguel Wiels in a special Niels & Wiels duo to present four exclusive concert performances, for which they wanted a show design that captured the essence of the collaboration.
The two, who are also great personal friends, and their respective managements asked Genk based creative practice Painting with Light to create some visual magic for the show, and Luc Peumans led the project for Painting with Light.
Choosing the distinctive and slightly retro look of the Portman P2 Hexaline to create an upstage wall of luminosity – Luc positioned 24 bars, each one offering six individually controllable 230W halogen bulbs complete with hexagonal reflectors and housing – upstage, just in front of the printed backdrop. Above the stage were 10 Portman P1 fixtures.
For the rest of the lighting rig, Luc chose Chauvet fixtures. On the ground were 11 x Maverick Mk1 hybrid moving lights, picked for their beam effects, brightness and big front lens.
For side-lighting, three 2m high stands per side were each rigged with Chauvet Rogue R2 Washes at the top, placed in the optimum positions to light Niels’ backing band.
Overhead - in addition to the 10 x P1s, were 10 lighting pods, each populated with two Maverick Mk2 Spots and 10 x Maverick Mk3 LED Washes. They programmed the show on a grandMA2 light console.
The shows and the design were a great success and a touring version is being used for Niels Destadsbader’s summer festival app
New Zealand - Auckland’s Waitematā Harbour has been transformed by a decade-long artistic project, Vector Lights on the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
Powered by a mix of solar, battery, and peer-to-peer systems, over 90,000 mappable LED pixels and other fixtures provide a vast, animated canvas for traditional Maori designs, and special celebrations. Green Hippo Karst media servers supplied by Lexair were engaged by Mandylights, who designed, installed and programmed the project. The installation is part of a 10-year smart energy partnership between Vector and Auckland Council.
“This project is one of the physically largest, and of the longest duration, that we’ve done,” said Richard Neville, lighting designer and managing director of Mandylights. “Any media server solution we chose for this project needed to house and present content for a decade, support constant dynamic changes to keep it interesting, and be energy efficient. We also knew that an ongoing relationship with the supplier over 10 years would be critical, so the support network behind it is extremely important.”
Thousands of individual LED pixels cover the bridge’s steel lattice work and its main arch and spread below its road deck. Dedicated wash fixtures are fitted to the underside of the bridge and reflect off the water. All illuminations are controlled via PC and fed by content held and processed by a main and back-up Green Hippo Karst.
“The main technical reason we chose the Green Hippo Karst was its video mapping functionality,” explained Clint Dulieu,
UK - Illumination specialists LED Creative is working with scenic designer Dominic Tolfts on the latest run of dating show Blind Date for Channel 5.
Hosted by Paul O’Grady in front of a live audience at ITV London Studios, the show features a newly updated set design filled with rich colour and featuring opulent gold fittings against a lavish, deep purple velvet backdrop.
Cleverly crafted by Tolfts, the ‘framework’ façade that encircles the stage areas incorporates LED Creative’s Alpha 60 flex, providing discreet, uniform illumination to subtly highlight the latticework and add intensity to the vibrantly coloured drapes.
Commenting on the production, LED Creative project manager Tim Rees says, “Dominic has made perfect use of our Alpha 60 RGB system to ‘invisibly’ add illumination to emphasise the detail in his design. The overall effect helps build to the layered feel across the backdrop.”
A key element in the design is the ‘chandelier’ that hangs above the stage stairway. Formed using LED Creative Pulse Wands, the feature is controlled via the company’s BYTE system, which allows users incredible levels of control; over 2000 pixels on less than a single universe.
Rees adds, “As ‘plug and play’ rental kits, our Pulse Wands are perfect for creative designs such as this. Particularly when teamed with our BYTE controllers. Dominic and the crew have done a wonderful job creating a bold, fun looking design - a perfect fit for Blind Date.”
Germany - Astera LED Technology has announced the official release of its AsteraApp for the iOS platform to public via its social network. The AsteraApp is now available for download for both iOS and Android platform.
The AsteraApp is an application for professional entertainment lighting control and management. It provides professional-level control over Astera-based fixtures by connecting the phone/tablet`s to the AsteraBox via Bluetooth which then relays the command to the battery operated fixtures via radio frequency.
The App allows simple to complex operations without touching the lights such as firmware update, grouping, assigning and configuring DMX addresses as well as controlling colours and effects and monitoring the status of the lights during operation.
Since its first introduction in 2015, the app was available only on Android-based devices and for the first time, it is now available for iOS.
“It took us two years to reprogramme the app so it can be the same now on iOS and Android. As this reprogramming is now done, the users can expect many more new features in the future,” says Simon Canins, technical director at Astera. “Some of the new features are targeted to our customers from the filming business - they put in many suggestions. We want to thank them. And we are listening and implementing them step by step now.”
Myanmar - The Blue DI wireless Active Direct Box Interface from Australian manufacturer ARX Systems is literally proving to be a popular for bars and restaurants around the globe when it comes to professional solution for playing music.
As a wireless audio interface for computers, smartphones and tablets, the ARX Blue DI connects these and similar devices to the balanced line level pro audio world. By simply pairing the Blue DI to a wireless enabled device, it is easy to pull up a music file and press play and listen to music through a professional sound system.
At the Byblos Pub & Grill in Yangon, Myanmar the ARX Blue DI is proving a great hit with the management and the customers. A tablet controls the music in the bar which is connected to the Blue DI via wireless protocol. Selected customers who come into the bar can connect to the Blue DI and then play their own music over the Quest Engineering sound system.
“The guys at Byblos are passionate about the Blue DI and their customers love the fact that they can play their own music,” commented Trevor Cronin from Sound Around Myanmar (ARX distributor in Myanmar).
Israel - KLANG, the German-based manufacturer of immersive 3D in-ear mixing technologies, has appointed AEM of Tel Aviv, as its exclusive distributor in Israel.
AEM specialises in the importation and distribution of products associated with stage and studio monitoring and represents many key brands. Its founder and owner, Alon Eitan is very highly regarded throughout the Israeli music industry as an expert in the field, something that KLANG:technologies head of sales, Phil Kamp, feels is a great advantage:
“Alon is the trusted go-to man in this sector for a host of Israeli musicians, producers and engineers, so as well as possessing an incredible depth of technical knowledge, he has also cultivated the broadest possible range of relationships within the marketplace. We have no doubt that AEM, with its excellent customer support, is perfectly placed and equipped to deliver the KLANG message in this exciting territory.”
Alon Eitan CEO at AEM comments, “We are very excited to have agreed this deal with KLANG. I have one hundred per cent faith in the product, which I believe to be a real game-changer across the whole spectrum of live performance.”
AEM will soon be announcing a series of product demonstrations and seminars about KLANG products which will include discussions about best practice for mixing in-ear monitors.
UK - Star Events redesigned the entire Great Oak Stage sub-structure and super-structure to accommodate Roger Waters’ Us + Them production, which opened the BST Hyde Park series last Friday.
With gags including smoking Battersea Power Station chimneys rising above the stage, graffiti strewn flying pigs and the surround sound effects synonymous with Roger Waters, Us + Them managed to set a new precedent, even for a Hyde Park performance.
The Pink Floyd-heavy two-and-a-half-hour show contemporised the politics from the band’s mid-70s/early-80s canon through a series of stunning visual sequences fitted to the songs.
The back of the traditional performance box was pushed up and film, cartoons and stills on the resulting 1,100sq m video wall focused on state-sponsored torture, refugees, human rights, Donald Trump and the singer’s support for Palestine.
Involved with the AEG Presents/Waters negotiation since last summer, Star Events had to demonstrate its capacity to stage the show, without compromise, before switching back to a more traditional format for The Cure the following night.
That changeover involved three cranes, six trucks for the kit coming out, including 10 Star structures from front of house used for Waters’ surround sound and projectors.
On stage, the Star Events’ team rebuilt the main floor deck and provided rigging support for the big screen move and lighting install, leaving everything ready for doors on Saturday.
Roger Barrett, special projects director at Star Events, comments: “T
Portugal - Airstar, the French lighting balloon technology specialist, delivered a remarkable performance for the opening ceremony of the Eurovision Song Contest at the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) of Lisbon, on the banks of the Tagus.
Before battling it out in Lisbon’s Altice Arena, one of the country’s largest concert halls, delegations from 43 countries gathered at the MAAT to walk on the ESC’s ‘Blue Carpet’, under the light of Airstar’s lighting balloons.
Airstar specified and installed 30 Crystal and Solarc lighting balloons.
Raphael Vaz, head of Airstar’s Portuguese subsidiary, explains: "We had lengthy discussions with the client, and we were able to come back with a solution that was a perfect fit for such a high-profile event, but also perfectly adapted to the constraints of the venue. We wanted to bring out the magnificent façade of the MAAT as much as possible while respect the imparted time and the limited space that was available, so we quickly opted for the Crystal range, since it brings a powerful and efficient light, and can be deployed very quickly and easily.”
The size of the balloons and their arrangement was also particularly important. In order to obtain the required striking visual aspect, the Airstar team worked closely with the ESC’s director of photography. Measuring 160cm in diameter, each Crystal was mounted on telescopic poles around the blue carpet, thus optimizing lighting as well as ground space occupation, while the Solarc lighting balloons – which boast an impressive
South Africa - DWR Distribution and L-Acoustics will be hosting a special presentation and demonstration at The Teatro at Montecasino on Tuesday, 17 July 2018. The new Syva collinear source and the Kiva II system will be demonstrated for the first time in South Africa.
There will be product overview from L-Acoustics’ sales manager, Tim McCall. Featured products will include the X Series coaxial speakers, ARCS Wide, ARCS Focus, KARA and more. There will also be coverage of the new P1 Measurement Platform and AVB Processor, new software and advances and workflow improvements in LA Network Manager.
Booking is available on line at: http://dwrdistribution.co.za/register/l-acoustics-open-day/
UK - When independent Welsh production company Cwmni Da converted their open plan office into a new studio earlier this year, in the town of Caernarfon on the northwest coast of Wales, the award-winning television producers sought to minimize their carbon footprint by installing a more energy-efficient lighting system.
Lighting company Lumio Media obliged by suggesting, specifying and installing an LED lighting package of TV-optimized Elation Professional luminaires.
Cwmni Da produces a variety of television content for Welsh-language broadcasters S4C and C4, as well as the BBC.
“Cwmni Da is a green company and they were keen to use all LED lighting in the new studio,” stated John Penny Williams, lighting director at Lumio Media, who supplied and installed the full lighting rig, as well as scaffolding and all the distribution electrics and data for the project. “Once I explained the benefits of LED to them and suggested the Elation LED lighting system, they were on board.”
John first saw Elation’s new KL Fresnel line of warm-white LED Fresnel lights at 2017’s PLASA trade show in London, later demoed the KL Fresnel 8 and liked what he saw. He subsequently ordered six KL Fresnel 8 and four KL Fresnel 6 fixtures for the new Cwmni Da studio. “I was impressed by the power of the KLs,” he said, noting that it’s the first Fresnel key light he has used in which the barndoors actually work. “They give a nice, clean cut which lets you control the light much better.”
Also specified for use in the studio, and another white ligh