UK - Richard Martin Lighting (RML) needed to specify a moving strobe fixture for a major motion picture company and picked Ayrton’s MagicBurst for the job.
Distributed by Ayrton’s UK distributor Ambersphere Solutions, the 240,000lm white LED strobe unit has continuous rotation on pan and tilt and allows individual control of any of the 64 pixels.
RML operations manager Steve Wells asked Ambersphere Solutions to provide a couple of units for testing. He says: “The team at Ambersphere have always been very keen to let us test fixtures in real world conditions. In the film world, our customers work in environments that are not always dust and dirt free. With some shoots running for a couple of months we don’t want to have to swap units out and disrupt filming.”
The MagicBurst’s pan and tilt capabilities meant there was no need to hang multiple units – the crew could just rig a cluster of strobes and point them to the desired area remotely, saving time and power previously required for traditional strobe effects.
On taking delivery of the new units Wells says: “We have already had a number of other requests for these fixtures. With the incredible output it delivers, it’s already proving to be a “blinding” investment.”
UK - The stages used for Adele’s 2017 stadium tour in the round became the first events industry designs to win a coveted Structural Award.
Designed by OPS Structures for Star Events, the VerTech Ultra stages claimed the Best Small Projects (of between £1-3m) gong at the annual Structural Awards organised by the Institution of Structural Engineers. The stages were developed, built, tested and shipped to Australia in just four months and suspended 90t of production equipment at 25m above the ground. The judges praised the structures’ design, which allowed easy transportation and erection, minimised work at height and enabled unobstructed views by negating traditional bracing.
A spokesperson for the judges said: “The Adele 25 Stage engineering took account of the vast constraints and design drivers to produce a safe, efficient, elegant and reusable structure. The adaptability in its design allows it to be used in different countries, taking account of change in environments, multiple design code requirements and variable foundation and support conditions. It is also designed to be easily transportable and reusable, and easy and fast to construct, which allows for repeat use and therefore minimises costs.”
Roger Barrett, Star Events’ special projects director, comments: “It is a brilliant achievement for the whole Star team in conjunction with our structural engineers, OPS Structures, to have our temporary structure engineering recognised, on a truly global level, by a team of eminent judges who have no connection with the events industry
Sweden - Microphone manufacturer Milab has acquired Pearl Microphones in a deal that sees the two companies joining operations again after 40 years as separate businesses.
The merger will synergise Milab and Pearl's production and R&D services and the brands will continue to exist individually for marketing reasons.
The two microphone manufacturers share a common heritage that goes back to 1941 when PML was founded by Rune Rosander in Stockholm, Sweden. In the late 1970s, PML was divided into separate business units that became Pearl and Milab and eventually led to a permanent separation.
Thomas Nöjdh, who will continue to serve as Milab’s CEO, says: “The opportunity to bring these two companies back together after 40 years is a matter of great pride to us all. With the acquisition of Pearl, Milab will strengthen its position as one of the world’s finest manufacturers of high-end microphones, and I look forward to growing the business further.”
Bernt Malmqvist, previous co-owner and current CEO of Pearl, adds: “With this agreement, we are confident that the wonderful and exciting Pearl technology is in good hands and will live on for another 76 years.”
Malmqvist, who will be retiring from the microphone business, and Sven Olof Andersson, chairman of Pearl, will support the integration of the two companies over the coming months.
UK - Edinburgh-based Live Systems is the latest UK company to become an Adamson certified reseller.
Established in 2000, Live Systems has grown to become a significant force in the events and integration markets in Scotland and the North of England providing sound, lighting, staging and video and offering their services to a varied client base including the live music, theatre and corporate markets.
The company invested in an Adamson S10 line array earlier this year. It has been used on a diverse range of events including the Meadows Festival and the Edinburgh Mela where it has impressed customers and sound professionals alike.
Steve Robb, managing director of Live Systems comments: “We have always looked to promote products that offer something different - either in terms of technology, features or quality. The Adamson brand really does tick all of these boxes and fits perfectly into our portfolio - both for our rentals and for our sales and installation business. Our customers have praised the product highly and are clearly seeing the benefits of Adamson over other brands. We are therefore delighted to be given the opportunity to join the sales network for this respected brand and look forward to promoting and developing the product.”
Derek Blair, director of The Warehouse, UK distributor for Adamson, said, “I’ve known Steve Robb and Live Systems for a number of years and have always been struck by the company’s ethos of setting themselves apart from the competition by bringing something different to the rental and installation m
UK - SGM has appointed Anthony Van-Sertima as the new business development manager at its UK branch. Anthony was first introduced to SGM in 2005 and has loved the products ever since.
“In the UK, the network of lighting people is close and friendly. Having extensive knowledge in lighting and production, I’ll be on hand to provide the link between lighting designers and the brand; a friendly, familiar face,” said Anthony about his new role at SGM.
Anthony foresees a huge growth phase for SGM, and is thrilled to be part of that journey.
“It’s not like other manufactures are falling short, but SGM is a few years ahead of competitors, having developed purely LED based technology a few years before the other major manufacturers,” said Anthony. “Also, in terms of the IP-rating, it is an exciting time for SGM as the demand for outside light installations is increasing, particularly here in the UK, but also globally,” said Anthony.
Ian Kirby, director at SGM UK, brought Anthony aboard exactly because of Anthony’s background and extensive knowledge. He is likewise extremely positive about Anthony’s influence on SGM’s expansion into the theatre market. “Anthony brings a wealth of experience in lighting design and production. He is perfectly placed to help SGM develop its marketplace in production and theatre,” said Ian.
UK - Technical production specialist Central Presentations (CPL) and producers Constructive Communications delivered full technical production for Construction’s Got Talent, a team-building / gala dinner conference event with a difference for leading independent construction and property services company Wilmot Dixon.
This was staged in the Noble Suite at the Pullman Hotel on Euston Road, London, with tailor made format partly inspired by TV talent show competitions on a quest to discover the company’s own undiscovered talent, which was interspersed with presentations and speeches.
Lee Gruszeckyj led the CPL team who worked with Constructive Communications’ project manager Ken D’Souza.
A 10 metre-wide stage with free-standing printed graphic wrap set / backdrop including the event’s own Got Talent logo was installed, complete with small thrust for the competitors and presentations. Meanwhile, at the back of the room, a Judges’ Stage with its own graphic wrap was built at 800mm high, so just raised above the dinner tables.
All the staging was also designed and built by CPL specifically for the event.
The four judges each had an iPad for which CPL created a custom touch screen interface featuring a big red digital buzzer.
Five LED screens were rigged on a scaffolding goal post structure above the stage, each with a judge’s names displayed, and each iPad was linked to its relevant screen. An additional iPad was supplied to the judges – shared between the four - with a golden buzzer surface which they could hit i
USA - Occupying the former site of one of America’s largest shoe factories, Craddock Terry Hotel in Lynchburg has reflected that industrial heritage in its interior design.
The hotel also boasts a distinctively modern flair with richly coloured light that washes its front columns courtesy of Iluminarc Colorist 8Qa Panels installed by Jon Daggett of Castle Lighting.
Daggett positioned 10 of the IP65-rated RGBA panels across the base of a 135’ section of the three-story building to light the columns that separate its large factory windows. Reaching up to the top story 32’ above the ground, light from the Colorist 8Qa Panels sets off the original design of the early 20th century structure, creating a sense of its scale and conveying its rock-hard power.
“The Colorist Panel 8Qa was a perfect fit for this project, because of its shape, footprint, and punch,” said Daggett. “We wanted a light that conveyed very rich saturated colors, given the powerful image that this building projects. The output of these fixtures is more than up to the task, and of course they’re outdoor rated. We replaced some older LED units that had been lighting the outside of the building with the Iluminarc fixtures for this project, and there was no comparison.”
Power was already run for the previous outdoor fixtures at the hotel, so Daggett and the Castle Lighting team integrated the Colorist panels into the existing outdoor-rated junction boxes. However, they did change the position of the outdoor units when installing the Colorist fixtures.
Indonesia - Graha Bethany Nginden commissioned the construction of the largest dome-shaped evangelical megachurch in southeast Asia. Completed in December 2016, Graha Bethany Nginden’s new facility accommodates an audience of 30,000 attendees. With the goal of providing an immersive concert-like worship experience to its members, church leaders hired CSA to upgrade its existing sound system by installing Studer by Harman Vista X Series large-scale mixing consoles.
"Graha Bethany Nginden is one of the largest churches in the world,” said Setiawan Winarto, CEO, CSA Indonesia. “Church leaders wanted to replace the old consoles with the most advanced mixers available to better serve their music and multimedia team. We were able to achieve the church’s goals by providing quality solutions, while working closely with the Harman team to provide 24-hour technical support. We are proud to be involved with Graha Bethany Nginden, and we look forward to having a strong relationship with them for many years to come."
With the demands of modern worship services increasing every year, CSA Indonesia wanted to provide Graha Bethany Nginden with versatile front-of-house and monitor systems that could handle a range of requirements—now and into the future. CSA Indonesia selected Studer Vista X Series broadcast-quality mixing consoles for their flexible routing capabilities and unmatched CPU-based processing power.
"We required mixing consoles that would give us the flexibility needed for future upgrades to the system, as well as world-class sound quality an
USA - Critics have hailed Great Hall as a monumental triumph of architecture. Effortlessly balancing form and function within its spacious confines, the two-story room alternately awes and inspires with its towering Corinthian columns, Romanesque arches, double staircase and a gold-ornamented ceiling that exudes the unbridled optimism of its 19th century designers.
Setting off the room’s design and making a powerful visual imprethe US Library of Congress’ ssion on visitors from the moment they walk through its bronze doors is the gleaming white Italian marble that makes up most of the Great Hall’s surface area.
Although beautiful, the marble made the design process more complex for Elizabeth Coco on 1 November when she lit the American Film Institute golden anniversary celebration at the Great Hall. Coco was able to meet this challenge with help from a collection of 120 Chauvet Professional WELL Fit fixtures supplied by Atmosphere, Inc.
Given that the anniversary event, which featured keynoter Morgan Freeman, took place inside the great hall with its marble surfaces, Coco had to light the room as well as the building exterior in all white to accent this distinctive feature. Although white lighting can be stunning, it can also pose issues for a designer.
“White is such a non-descriptor,” said Coco, a USA 829 union designer. “It can be warm or cold. It can be amber, straw, pinkish, slightly lavender, or even slightly blue in hue. Also, colour matching LEDs to be the SAME variation of a pastel colour is very difficult because of how
Belgium - The new De Krook building in Ghent is described as “the inspiration for knowledge culture and innovation”. The initiative of the City of Ghent, Ghent University and IMEC the hub of the complex is a library for the 21st century supported by a full range of facilities, including IPEM’s ArtScienceLab. The facility has been designed as an open house for all citizens to use.
De Krook, designed by architects Coussee & Goris Architecten and RCR Arquitectes, resembles a stack of horizontal plateaus. Martin Audio’s Belgian distributor FACE presented the successful technical bid for the AV fit-out for the ArtScienceLab, responding to a tender document issued by IPEM.
In proposing the Martin Audio CDD series for the Lab, FACE met the requirements for a loudspeaker with horizontal dispersion of 120° and high SPL from a compact enclosure, in order to reproduce live music and immersive sound research taking place in the Lab. The system, comprising 64 pole-mounted CDD6 (6.5") Coaxial Differential Dispersion speakers, is driven and processed by Powersoft amplification over a Dante network. Providing LF extension are four Martin Audio CSX118BF 18” compact direct radiating powered subwoofers.
The installation will also be used for wave field synthesis, a spatial audio rendering technique.
The technical installation was project managed by FACE’s Steven Kemland and Stijn Vermeiren.
Stated Bart Moens, from the Dept of Art, Music & Theatre Sciences, “Having now had time to make an in-depth review of the installation I must sa
South Africa - The country’s first strictly dry hire company, Guquko Technical Rider, has been established by a young entrepreneur, Phumzile Sibanyoni. Guquko is the Zulu word meaning ‘to turn around’ or ‘to reform’, a pertinent name for a company that hopes to bring a fresh wind of change to the industry.
Making an investment of 12 Robe Spiiders, 24 Longman 4 Ups and Prolyte stage decks purchased from DWR Distribution, the objective of the company is to rent out high ticket line items that are specified by lighting designers on a daily basis.
“Because we were just starting out, we looked at gear that would be beneficial to the growth of Guquko,” said Phumzile. ”The company has started trading and with the Robe Spiiders currently high in demand on shows, their units are out already creating revenue.”
Duncan Riley of DWR says, “Phumzile was wise enough to see the gap in the market for a professional dry rental company who don’t do shows and who only rent out gear. It’s a trend in Europe.”
Phumzile started working in the events industry in 2014. She offered a service which covered a broad spectrum including staging, technical equipment, décor and catering. She realised that by focusing solely on equipment hire, she would create a niche in the market, and be able to assist rental companies with the supply of well-kept gear and excellent service.
Her career has included working at Eskom for 10 years as a senior plant operator. “I have always worked in a male-dominated industry,” said Phumzile. “I’ve always
UAE - Audio-Technica has announced the opening of a new sales support office in Dubai, aimed at increasing the level of service to its distributors, integrators, consultants and corporate end users in the professional audio field across the Middle East region.
The office is located at Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA), well placed for business throughout the Middle East and well-served by world class infrastructure.
Technical product manager Ahmad Abuzannad (who began his Audio-Technica career in the company’s EMEA applications and support team) will head the office staff. Central to his activity will be increased levels of product training and demos – of particular importance to customers evaluating solutions in the conferencing market – in the Middle East and in conjunction with Audio-Technica distributors across the region.
Abuzannad will also support customers with the complex wireless frequency planning required for large scale projects. In addition, the new facility allows for extended sales support in conjunction with John Dodson, Audio-Technica’s long-standing local representative based in Dubai.
Matthias Exner, Audio-Technica director of sales and marketing EMEA Professional Audio said, “We’re delighted to be extending our presence in the Middle East with the new office. The territory is a key market for Audio-Technica and it’s of vital importance that we’re able to deliver excellent customer service locally. Initially the scope will focus on support for our professional product ranges – from live sound to in
France - L-Acoustics has announced the appointment of industry expert Tony Szabo as head of application, touring. Tony will work directly with Florent Bernard, director of applications, touring to deploy the application strategy for the touring market and manage the touring applications team.
Tony will be a familiar face to many in the industry, his career spans 25 years - from monitor technician to FOH engineer, show controller, crew chief and senior FOH systems engineer, Tony has worked with the world’s top artists and festivals. Most recently, he served as senior systems engineer at L-Acoustics UK partner Adlib Audio Solutions, designing systems for tours and festivals as well as mentoring the systems engineer team and leading technology acquisition decisions.
“Tony’s extensive experience in key posts in the industry brings a unique and fresh perspective to lead our market development strategy. His combination of technical expertise, industry knowledge, and business acumen will be a great asset for L-Acoustics,” affirmed Florent Bernard. “Counting Tony in this newly created position will allow us to continue to affirm and expand our leadership in the touring market, while supporting our partners to do the same.”
Turkmenistan - Internationally renowned lighting designer, Durham Marenghi used more than 800 Claypaky fixtures to deliver the two large-scale lighting designs for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG), produced by Balich Worldwide Shows, held this year at the Olympic Stadium in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
The ceremonies, broadcast on the 17 and 27 of September to 57 countries worldwide, featured giant projection-mapped sets, pyrotechnics and sweeping light displays. For the opening ceremony, over 7,600 performers told the history of the Silk Road through music and dance, culminating in the lighting of the games' 'cauldron' which burned throughout the 12-day event.
Marenghi, the designer behind the lighting for the Rio Olympics last year, specified a large Claypaky lighting package for the AIMAG ceremonies. The rig comprised Claypaky Scenius Unico, Claypaky Mythos, Claypaky Sharpy, Claypaky Sharpy Wash, Claypaky Alpha Profiles, Claypaky Alpha Beam 700 and Claypaky Alpha Beam 1500 fixtures.
"Lighting alongside projection is a delicate balancing act, as the light levels we use are very low," says Marenghi. "For AIMAG we didn't go above 350 lux. This means that the lights we used needed to be very accurate and optically sound to create the beautiful imagery required in these large-scale productions. Claypaky has shown time and time again that their optics and reliability are well suited to these challenges."
One of the largest challenges faced by Marenghi and his lighting team was illuminating th
USA - When the latest in a series of remodels stretching back two decades was completed in 2013 at the newly named AXIS at the Planet Hollywood resort in Las Vegas and it was announced that pop star Britney Spears had been signed to a two-year residency deal, no one - including gurus of the entertainment world, and even most of the crew - really expected it to last more than six months.
Today, with that residency wrapping up an overwhelmingly successful four-year run and other pop residencies having taken hold, the venue boasts the highest number of ticket sales in Las Vegas and, most weeks, the highest in the country. In a world of dizzying changes, one of the few constants has been the presence of DiGiCo consoles at both ends of the snake.
The other constant has been the presence of AXIS production supervision and head of audio Eric Fish. “When I first came in, this place was raw concrete,” he recalls. “It was not a facelift, it was a full remodel. Everything was redone from the speaker rig to the consoles to everything in the walls and a ton of acoustic treatment.”
The room has a storied history. It opened on the bicentennial weekend, 2 July, 1976 as the Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts with a run of shows by Neil Diamond. In 2004, it was the scene of Linda Ronstadt’s legendary rant in support of filmmaker Michael Moore in front of a largely conservative audience, which effectively ended her viability as a performer in Vegas. When the old Aladdin hotel was imploded in the late ’90s, the theatre remained, going through a series
Europe - Thirty-Six Robe BMFL Spots were workhorse moving lights on the recent Rolling Stones No Filter European tour, part of a spectacular and epic lighting design created by Patrick Woodroffe.
Patrick and associate designer Terry Cook of Woodroffe Bassett design (WBD) worked closely with stage architects Stufish on developing the show’s overall aesthetic.
With many moving lights on the rig, they sought a high-powered fixture to occupy four 'slots' just below the tops of four imposing 23m high by 11m wide monolithic video towers which define the performance space.
"Patrick and I needed a multi-functional fixture and knew the positions would be hard to access and given the complexity of CDM rules and regulations and the requirement that crew be able to access the fixtures safely - a lot of thought went into the process," explained Terry. “We decided on BMFLs because they are high powered, intense multi-functional moving lights with nice sized front lenses (giving rise to the much-loved quality fat beam) that are also reliable."
The lights were used to shoot into and illuminate the audience, to create classic huge aerial looks and to beam down onto the stage and band as they worked that
While video was always going to be a major part of No Filter, it was decided at the outset not to have one large surface, instead they went with four towers – giving a more interesting look and additional depth to the performance space, as well as being ideal as classy portrait IMAG scenes for featuring the four Rolling Stone band mem
UK - Overlooked by a dominating Nelson’s Column and The National Gallery, U2 premiered material from new album Songs Of Experience amongst a set of their greatest hits, at a free show for 7,000 fans in London’s Trafalgar Square on Saturday 11 November.
Introduced by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, MTV Presents Trafalgar Square was the curtain-raiser to the following evening’s 24th annual MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) at The SSE Arena, Wembley, where the Irish four-piece were honoured with the Global Icon award.
Both events were graced by Stageco’s dedication as staging provider with Wim DeWolf and Mario Dockx handling the R&D, while Dirk De Decker managed both projects. For the U2 event, the Stageco crew of seven [plus local crew], headed by Stefaan Vandenbosch, negotiated one of the busiest tourist areas of the city to erect the company’s now-classic transparent canopy roof. The choice came directly from the event’s production manager, Chris Vaughan, who successfully implemented the product on other events earlier in 2017.
Along with the band roof, the three-day build saw Stageco construct 16 vertical 460-type towers of varying heights and widths, each accommodating 1m and 0.5m wide LED strips designed to transmit lyrics, slogans and graphical content to augment U2’s live set. The company also built four towers for PA and lighting, bridged by horizontal trussing which served the dual-purpose of suspending black drape while offering additional stability.
“Organising and co-ordinating some 20 trucks to come o
Europe - The Rolling Stones’ live shows are still known for their dynamics and power, and the recent No Filter tour featured a stunning lighting and video design that captured the essence of their performance and underlines the indelible legacy and huge influence of their music.
Lighting designer and creative director Patrick Woodroffe of Woodroffe Bassett Design (WBD) worked closely with stage architects Stufish on developing the look and feel of the No Filter tour, which used four grandMA2 full-size consoles, one MA grandMA2 light, five MA NPUs (Network Processing Units) and four MA 8Port Nodes.
Woodroffe explained: “We had very little lead time once the tour had been confirmed but worked with a great team from Neg Earth on lighting, and Solotech on video. Stufish and Jeremy Lloyd put together the scenic design and concentrated very much on the detail of rigging and mounting all the various elements to produce a composition that was both stylish and practical.”
The lighting was programmed and run by longtime Stones lighting director Ethan Weber. He said: "There were always discussions, prior to the start of any Stones' tour from the 90's through the mid 2000's, about which lighting console(s) to use. It's now a given that the show will be run on a grandMA. It's an enjoyable console to programme and run, has great reliability and availability, is powerful and looks good sitting out there and the support you get throughout the world from the MA Lighting network and other users is hugely comforting.“
“We rely on grandMA2
Switzerland - The Zurich Opera House entered the 2017/18 opera and theatre season following an extensive technical renewal that included new audio equipment, modernisation of its workflows, and fresh approaches to its sound reinforcement.
The Lawo mc²66 mixing console that was previously installed in the sound control room has been replaced with an mc²56, with a second an mc²56 also installed in the auditorium – making the sound control desk and auditorium desk mirrored consoles. Operated in mirror mode, the configurations, snapshots and adjustments of parameters that are performed on one console can also be recalled at the other. This ensures efficient preparation of performances, particularly where Microport systems are increasingly being used. Managed in this way, musical and children's opera projects planned for the future will be easier to mix in the hall.
The new Lawo mixing consoles offer 48 faders in the control room – a 32-fader console with a 16-fader extender that can also be connected to the hall console – and 16 faders at FOH, with both sharing a common core. Previously installed with the mc²66, this core remains the heart of the system and has been expanded with Wave SoundGrid with Gold Bundle, along with an additional Dante card. The capacity of the redundant routing card is 8192 x 8192 mono channels; four DSP cards provide 192 DSP channels of processing.
Both consoles can be used standalone or in two-person operation so that, for example, recordings are activated and controlled from the sound control room while the auditori
UK - Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s annual Collars & Coats Gala Ball returned for its ninth year earlier this month, with Hawthorn on hand - or should that be paw - to deliver full technical production for the star-studded occasion. Taking place at Battersea Evolution, a Smart venue, the creative technical production expert provided lighting, sound, video and staging for the charity’s biggest fundraising event of the year.
Even with a guest list packed with some of biggest names of stage, screen and sport, it was Battersea’s four-legged friends that stole the spotlight at the Gala Ball. Battersea’s legendary Guard of Honour, a red carpet lined with the home’s dogs and their handlers, kicked off proceedings before guests settled down to a dinner by Smart Hospitality.
Guests of the two-legged variety were kept well entertained throughout the evening with both a silent and live auction as well as performances from Mica Paris and reggae and pop legends UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue.
Hawthorn used this year’s event branding as inspiration to deliver a stylish production design. Following the concept of A Night of New Beginnings, the versatile space was transformed into a literary heaven by the Battersea Special Events Team and florist Maison de Fleurs, adorned with floral displays incorporating book pages.
With this concept in mind, Hawthorn’s design needed to feature a much softer element than in previous years. For this, the company enhanced the room with extra tungsten sources and fitted
USA - Success has not spoiled Louis The Child, nor has it made this pair of Chicago-bred DJs any less daring when it comes to reshaping their distinctive brand of EDM music. Since bursting on the scene two years ago with the highly original and spacey tune It’s Strange, the duo has continued to jump head first into the creative cauldron. Rather than resting on their laurels, they show a fearless willingness to experiment with novel eclectic synths, push percussion assemblages to the limit, and in general do whatever it takes to reach new musical heights.
The same Louis The Child philosophy is at play when it comes to lighting their shows. Going into their 32 -city Last To Leave Tour, which started 12 October, the pair told the team at Creative Production & Design (Austin, TX) that they wanted a lightshow that looked radically different from the one that had been so well received on their previous tour.
The CPD team readily obliged, coming up with a design that drew much of its vitality from a new, convention-defying fixture, the Maverick MK Pyxis from Chauvet Professional.
“Given the nature of Louis The Child’s music, we wanted a show that stood out,” said Justin Jenkins, owner of CPD. “Standing out becomes a lot more doable when you have a fixture that does things that nothing else does, which is how I’d describe Pyxis. When I first saw this fixture, I knew that its centre beam, independent pixel ring, infinite pan and tilt, zoom and other features really made it different.”
Jenkins told CPD’s Kendall Clark,
Hungary - A range of Mojo Barriers aluminium crowd safety barriers are now based in Budapest with the announcement of a new Mojo distributor giving convenient, cost effective barrier rental for festival organisers and tours coming to Eastern Europe.
A stock of Mojo Barriers will be permanently located in Budapest for rental and it has already been hired out to create the front of stage barrier for the Gorillaz concert, in Budapest, Papp Laszlo Arena.
Mojo’s project and touring manager Stanley Jilesen states: “With the expanding live events market in Hungary and Eastern Europe, Mojo Barriers is proud to support organisers with local resource to help keep their events safe. Having worked with Sziget Festival for several years we are delighted to work with the innovators in this region pushing for higher standards.”
The new Hungarian distributorship is the company’s twelfth, along with the international offices in Netherlands, UK, USA and Australia.
Dániel Benis, Sziget production director, comments: “We wanted to deliver our events to the highest of international production standards, particularly when it came to the safety of our audience, artists and crew. Our experience with Mojo Barriers has been very positive so we are delighted to be able to offer their products to other events in the region.”
Romania - The Timeshift festival in Bucharest was the debut for the largest roof ever engineered and sold by Milos. The massive MR5 Heavy-Duty roof measured 31 x 18m and covered the main stage of the first edition of Timeshift Bucharest Music Festival - an event where technology and music come together.
The festival was a four-day event held from 20-23 July and featured a total of four stages, with the Milos MR5 roof covering the main stage. Featuring international artists such as David Guetta, DJ Snake and Bloc Party, Milos helped Timeshift ensure its mission of providing the means for its audience to “step into another dimension”.
The client for this project was A.S.C. Systems Sound & Light, based in Bucharest. A.S.C. Systems has been in operation for 17 years and is one of the leading rental companies in Romania for stage, light & sound equipment. Their primary goal is to provide customers with solutions that meet their budget, without sacrificing quality, and delivering technical solutions that meet the highest standards.
When asked about his choice of the Milos M5 roof, A.S.C. co-owner Alex Oprita answered, ““We’ve been working with Milos for the past 10 years and that’s why we chose them. They have good products.” When speaking about value for money, Alex said, “It’s what we were hoping for.”
The highly customized MR5 roof was an intensive project that made full use of Area Four Industries’ technical sales service. Norbert Tripp, Area Four Industries technical director, carried out the engineering de
Swift Sales - After just four days, Taylor Swift sold more albums in the US than any other artist this year. The star's sixth album, Reputation, sold 1.04m copies in the US over its first four days on release, says Billboard magazine.
That puts her ahead of 2017's previous biggest-seller, Ed Sheeran's ÷, which has shifted 919,000 copies to date. Reputation also becomes Swift's fourth album to sell a million copies in the space of a week, following 1989, Red and Speak Now. In fact, only she and Adele have sold a million copies of any album in a seven-day frame since 2012.
Extended Role - Edinburgh International Festival has extended director Fergus Linehan's contract for an extra three years, meaning that he will run the festival until at least August 2022. Linehan joined EIF in 2013, directing his first festival in 2015. The EIF said that so far during his tenure it has had record sales and extended to new audiences.
One of Linehan's first moves was to bring the dates of the EIF forward a week to run at the same time as the Edinburgh Fringe. Other innovations include a free public event to open the festival season in Edinburgh and developing its theatre programme, notably in its revival of existing Scottish work. In a statement, Linehan said: "The commitment and creativity of the festival team has made the past three years the most professionally exhilarating period of my career."
Royal Visit - The Tony award-winning Broadway production of The King and I will transfer to th