Italy - Concerts by Italian megastar Vasco Rossi are usually an emotional experience, but the artist’s recent Non Stop Live summer stadium tour was ‘moving’ for a different reason - a large Kinesys automation system was used to dramatically change the architecture and shape of the stage through the show.
Lighting designer Giovanni Pinna, set designer Claudio Santucci of Gioforma, d3 operator Marco Piva and other key members of Vasco’s creative team including live camera director Peppe Romano were instrumental in the implementation of the Kinesys system to maximise the dynamic movement they wanted as part of the show aesthetic.
The hardware and control was supplied by PRG Belgium and operated on the road by Jimmy Johnson a UK based rigger / automation specialist.
The system comprised 16 x half tonne Kinesys ApexHOISTS complete with ApexDRIVES which were used to fly move four ‘satellite’ video screens / lighting pods immediately above the stage. These tracked upstage / downstage as well as flying up and down!
“Apex was selected for this task so we have the latest Kinesys technology with all the required safety features to fly above the performers,” confirms Jimmy. He mentioned that the 30-metres-per-minute run speed and zero speed ‘hover’ capabilities of the Apex hoists are also excellent, but above all they wanted the “confidence of knowing the system was absolutely safe that you get with a trusted brand like Kinesys”.
The four pods weighed 850Kg each and were tracked using eight Yale beam trolleys running w
Denmark - Creating the best guest experience and superlative customer service for visiting lighting designers rocking up to the Arena Stage at Roskilde Festival in Denmark is the objective of Sune Verdier and his team co-ordinating and running lighting for this busy and popular venue.
Building on the success of the 2017 move to an all-Robe moving light rig, Sune repeated the move again, utilising 76 x Spiiders, 48 x BMFL Spots all supplied by Copenhagen based rental company, Comtech.
Sune designed the production lighting rig for the 17,000 capacity inside venue – with another 17,000 outside - and liaised with the many visiting LDs to ensure that they received the best show possible.
Joining him this year at FOH were Frederik Heitmann and Nicolai ‘Gubi’ Smith.
Sune first introduced Robe to the Arena in 2016 with BMFLs. Last year Spiiders replaced the previous wash fixtures and everyone was so pleased that it stayed all-Robe for 2018, this year with the addition of 22 Robe Pointes which were added to the audience lighting positions.
Also on Sune’s team was software developer Christian OIsson who has devised a custom control system for the Arena’s environmental and periphery lighting which is on a separate console to mimic the action of the main console. ‘The Apprentice’ sits on the ArtNet network and follows parameters like colours, iris and shutter chases and movements on the main console, takes the algorithms and feeds these into the house lighting console, so the tones and textures can be mimicked.
This ensures gue
UK - Edinburgh-based Black Light has invested in the ETC ColorSource family by adding 30 ColorSource Pars to its expanding rental fleet.
Slightly smaller than a D40, the ColorSource Par is a budget friendly solution for customers who do not want sacrifice quality for price. Eight homogenised LED arrays consisting of ETC’s unique recipe of Red, Green, Blue and Lime colour system enable the ColourSource Par to provide a rich bright light unlike any other LED wash light in its class.
Designed and built to last in the USA where Calder Sibbald, Black Light director, recently visited the production facility. Calder, commenting on his trip to ETC Southwest HQ, says: “The culture within the ETC organisation is just amazing to witness and experience.”
Already widely used in Black Light’s installations, the reliability, ease of use and incomparable output of the fixture has proven itself already, and now the fixture will meet the Scottish rental market.
Norway - Production house Innlandet Lyd & Lys has made what it calls a future-proof investment in Nexo’s STM Series modular line array. Just two years old, Innlandet was started by two 20 year-old engineers who have been steadily growing the company with Nexo products.
Amund Kvernvold and his partner Marius Nordeng are the newest faces on Norway’s audio rental circuit. Located just two hours outside Oslo, their business had expanded to the point that they wanted a main PA solution that could take them to the next level. Having started out renting Nexo Geo S12 line arrays, they were impressed by the modularity of STM Series, which they describe as “small but huge”, able to scale up from small events in a private house to a large festival.
“When we started looking to invest in a bigger system, we wanted to have an all-in-one solution, not a brand with different PAs for each and every use. With the STM, we can have a DJ session at the club one night and a 5,000-capacity festival the next day just by scaling the same system.”
With the support and advice of Asle Skarslette at Stagelab, Nexo’s distributor in Norway, the Innlandet team chose a 12-module set of STM M28 with 6x STM S118 subbass cabinets, amplified by NXAMP4x4s.
“In the summer we usually do festivals, recently we did the main stage production at the Steinkjerfestivalen in Norway, using a total of 58 boxes of STM. We have also recently used it in an Operafestival and it never stops impressing us.
“We strongly believe in simple and fast solutions that do not c
Portugal - The deployment of Martin Audio MLA as PA for some of the most famous festivals around the globe continues. Having established itself as first choice on main stages at Rock In Rio - in both Brazil and Lisbon - they stretched the envelope further at this year’s event in the Portuguese capital with the addition of MLA to the second delay line.
“This helped to push our coverage out further with greater clarity and impact,” says Peter Racy, chief engineer at the sound production company, Gabisom.
It has been a fruitful journey for the award-winning system which began in 2015 when MLA was first trialled on the second stage at Rock in Rio USA, in Las Vegas, and later in Rio that same year. Due to its success, MLA was then deployed for the first time on the World Stage at Rock in Rio Lisbon 2016, and has subsequently held this position for the following two editions: the 2017 event in Rio leading into Lisbon again this year.
Racy has been there every step of the way, and once again faced up to the challenges head on. “The main concern was to obtain even coverage over the entire audience area,” he adds. The audience area is a natural park approximately 300m deep by 200m wide, with asymmetrical relief and a large VIP area at the very back. “Clear and powerful sound is essential there, since that is where all the bosses hang out.”
The PA system followed the template of last year. “We again set-up the side-by-side rig which has been the trademark of Rock in Rio,” he says. “This year we not only made MLA available for the se
USA - Signify reports that the Medieval Times attraction in Buena Park, California has upgraded its show lighting with the latest LED fixtures from the Philips Vari-Lite and Showline brands. The new lighting choice will eventually bring improved performance and power efficiency to all ten Medieval Times venues in North America.
Lighting designer Marty Huntoon of installer All Pro Integrated Systems specified the new Philips Vari-Lite VLZ Profile, plus the SL Punchlite 220 and SL LEDSPOT 300 fixtures from the Showline range. He says, "The SL Punchlite 220 was a simple replacement for the PAR lanterns, giving huge improvements in output, power efficiency, programming options and reliability. The motorized zoom capability was also a factor. Add to that the fixture's IP65 protection rating in a hostile, dusty environment and the 220 was the only choice."
Huntoon also chose the VLZ Profiles with their "amazing optics and high performance LED engine" to provide dynamic effects projection for the equestrian demonstrations, and to light the Awards Ceremony. "They give exceptional performance and ease of use," he says.
Further dynamic effects and cross-wash lighting over the arena are provided by SL LEDSpot 300 fixtures. Huntoon says, "I've been very impressed with the performance of the LEDSpots. They provide colours and graphics consistent with the VLZ luminaires and they are great value for money."
Martin Palmer, Philips Vari-Lite and Showline product manager for Signify Entertainment Lighting, says, "The high output, versatility and colour consiste
The Netherlands - The Free Your Mind Festival is very aptly named. Taking place on the banks of the Rhine with its stage under the historic John Frost Bridge, the festival offers a mind-expanding “bridge” of its own, affording visitors the opportunity to explore beautiful natural surroundings, new ideas and progressive EDM music by artists like John Digweed, Hot Since 82, Black Coffee, Kölsch and Len Faki, all of whom were among the many stars appearing at this year’s edition of the festival in early June.
Contributing to the festival’s expansive atmosphere was a powerful, intense and free-flowing lightshow created by RF Shows that featured Chauvet Professional STRIKE 1 and STRIKE P38 fixtures. The Nootdorp-based firm supplied all lighting gear for the Metallum (Under the Bridge) Stage. The company also ran the boards for all artists that performed on the stage.
“The design was entirely made by us and commissioned by FYM,” said Barend Further, account manager at RF Shows. “This is the festival’s 15th year, making it one of the oldest EDM festivals in The Netherlands. The festival attracts leading DJ artists. Our goal was to create looks that were unique for each of them.”
A challenge RF Shows faced in achieving this goal was that much of the festival took place during daylight hours. (Because of its relatively northern location, The Netherlands has about 16 hours of daylight in June.) Since ambient sunlight can reduce the impact of moving fixtures, static luminaires tend to be more visible. The versatility of the STRIKE fixtures
UK - Planning/management specialist Bliss Events has designed and developed London’s largest urban beach, at Royal Docks, to incorporate a swimming pool, which opens on 18 July for six weeks, and an August event space.
Funded by the GLA and the London Borough of Newham, Bliss partnered with Star Events to plan a set of structures, linked by walkways, and create the first pool proper on the London leg of the Thames.
Buoyed by Star’s extensive experience with waterborne projects, Park Live for London 2012, Airbnb’s Floating House on the Thames and several Jaguar Land Rover activations among them, the 2018 Royal Docks’ beach is a massive technical achievement.
The pool deck, based around Star’s VerTech sub-structure, incorporates a children’s paddling area and extends existing infrastructure around the beach to cover any hazards hidden by the shingle and prevent ad hoc access to the dock.
A sun deck on the water is built from a commercial grade Linkflote system rather than the lightweight plastic and ‘NATO’ type pontoons events typically turn to. As a result, all the floating sections of the structure, which are decked with Star’s standard slip-free stage cover, are every bit as solid as the land-based elements.
The sun deck is accessed by two 16.6m by 2.5m floating walkways, which also serve to fix the structure to the land. All are secured by fencing to keep swimmers out of uncontrolled areas and combine to envelop the lido itself. The 22m by 18m pool incorporates various water level swim platforms, lane/depth marker
UK - Now in its sixth year at Hyde Park, AEG Live’s Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time (BST) has settled into a proven formula, with sound reinforcement partners Capital Sound and Martin Audio’s MLA loudspeaker system having yet again optimised the sound site-wide.
Maintaining the status quo, Capital rigged the main stage and outfield identically to 12 months ago - with one major exception.Providing the spectacular curtain raiser to the 10-day festival, Roger Waters brought his Us + Them tour to the UK for the first time. Waters had already taken his sonic and visual experimentation to breath-taking levels at Desert Trip in 2016, with the biggest surround sound system ever built. To create maximum impact at Hyde Park, Capital were asked to provide an additional 12 hangs of MLA/MLA Compact on towers positioned through the concourse for one night only.
These offered 12-point surround sound effects, at positions set by Loud Sound’s Dan Craig and fine-tuned by Roger Waters’ sound team, as part of the show to give the audience an immersive experience that had them gripped from the beginning as the sound chased around the site.
The auxiliary towers added a further 112 MLA/MLA Compact cabinets to the existing total of 206 MLA series cabinets deployed in the Park. With 318 enclosures in total, this was the largest deployment of MLA at a festival anywhere in the world, eclipsing that of Rock in Rio and Glastonbury.
The same weekend Capital Sound were also servicing the Volt/Balaton festivals in Hungary, followed by Kew the Music,
USA - Signify Entertainment Lighting has announced the return of Philips Vari-Lite veteran George Masek. Based at the company's Dallas office, Masek will look after business development for the Philips Vari-Lite, Philips Strand Lighting, Philips Selecon and Showline brands.
A well-known figure in the international show lighting business, Masek has specialised in automated lighting for almost 30 years. Beginning his career in 1990 as a Vari-Lite road technician, he toured the world with leading artists, providing on-site support for Vari-Lite products from the renowned VL1 onwards. He later moved into technical support and sales, becoming Vari-Lite product manager in 2002.
In 2012, Masek left Philips Vari-Lite to take the role of VP of automated lighting at ACT Lighting. In this position, he represented a range of leading manufacturers to the US market, gaining further invaluable experience with a broad variety of new customers and product lines.
Masek comments: "I'm thrilled to be able to return to a company where I've had so much history. Working with all the talented people there over 22 years to create, sell, and support cutting edge, industry changing luminaires, was a great pleasure. Since the first time I saw Vari-Lites on their early tours in the 1980s, it was my dream to work for this amazing company. I'm honoured to be able to come back and see that dream continue to the next stage."
Welcoming the appointment, Brian Friborg, business leader at Signify Entertainment Lighting, adds: "We could not be more delighted to welcome George back
Italy - API has named Digiland Srl as its new distributor in Italy. Founded in 2001, Digiland sells recording equipment, provides technical support, designs and manufactures audio cables, and offers sound-proofing and acoustic treatments.
Digiland owner Massimo Biasibetti comments: "We are proud of having earned this strong recognition. We feel honored by the chance of helping API grow and fulfill their great potential in the Italian market. As new API Italian distributors, a whole new set of creative chances await our customers.
“API is a milestone which every serious audio engineer simply can't avoid. When you are able to hear and test API gear for yourself - you will simply get it. That's how bright we see our immediate future working together with API.”
UK - Event production and equipment specialists Light Fantastic Production Services (LFPS) has welcomed three Elstree University Technical College (EUTC) students at its Borehamwood base.
EUTC, a university technical college for 14-19 year-olds, delivers an academic curriculum as well as specialist courses in creative arts and media production. Those, who benefited from work experience at LFPS, are Key Stage 5 (16-19 year-olds) students on the school’s BTEC Production Technology course.
During their spell with the company, Luca DeLauri, Drew Topping and Ellis Montgomery were given a hands-on introduction to the busy LFPS lighting, audio, video and scenic construction departments, along with the chance to be part of the crew servicing ‘real world’ productions.
Speaking about the placement, Montgomery says: “My time spent with Light Fantastic really has helped my studies as it has given me more experience in a real working environment along with a wider understanding of different equipment. It has helped provide me with the skills to enter the workplace with a higher level of knowledge.”
Drew Topping adds: “Having a passion for set design and construction I had the most fun in the workshop getting hands-on experience and learning a few tricks from the carpenters that I will surely use. The experience has created opportunities for me as I now have a relationship with a high-end production company that is always eager to embrace new talent.”
Along with providing work experience opportunities, LFPS assist the school with equipme
UK - EM Acoustics recently put their new HALO-A large format line array system through its paces during two days of intensive demos at London’s LH2 rehearsal/production studios (see LSi July’s event report). In addition to HALO-A, the company also took the opportunity to show off the compact HALO-C line array – the inspiration behind HALO-A – as well as several EMS Series models, including the new, award-winning EMS-41.
EM Acoustics’ operations director Mike Wheeler, comments: “The venue was amazing. We had enough space to demo HALO-A properly and compare it to the much smaller HALO-C system to prove to visitors that we really have managed to take HALO-C to the next level – the natural EM Acoustics sound that they have always loved is replicated in HALO-A, just with much more power.”
Of the response to the event, he adds: “Indeed, the comments that came back to us time and again over the course of the two days were that people were genuinely gripped by the system’s effortless power and headroom, clearly demonstrating that that HALO-A is force to be reckoned with in terms of output.”
EM Acoustics’ R&D director Ed Kinsella adds: “It has taken many years to get to this point, and the results are very gratifying. I honestly think this is a system that will provide not only a powerful commercial solution for a wide range of customers, but also something that is
USA - Martini Bar, a new Florida nightlife venue, boasts three LED-lined spaces controlled by one Avolites Ai Miami Licence dongle.
Martini Bar is situated just a short trip from Miami International Airport in the CityPlace Doral retail and entertainment complex and offers a nightclub and an outside lounge.
Upscale entertainment lighting experts idesign Productions served as the speciality lighting and video designers for the project. Owner and lead designer Michael Meacham worked with the idesign team to create a diamond-shaped LED wall upstage, a LED-lined DJ booth and a large LED façade for the external lounge.
"The Martini Bar's owner, Joe Delaney, allowed us to have creative freedom for the spaces. We wanted a unique design that brought the rooms to life, rather than a usual video screen shape," says Meacham. "In addition to creating the unique video screen layout, we designed a cohesive package that includes intelligent lighting, pixel ceiling lighting and custom vertical LED strips surrounding the front face of the inside and outside bars."
The Martini Bar promotes itself as a 'contemporary experience of nightlife entertainment with a blend of gourmet American cuisine' which 'achieves the perfect nightlife synergy by providing live entertainment, world class DJs, and original works from its performing artists'.
"We needed video capabilities that would best showcase the video features installed in the three areas, especially in the larger LED wall with its multiple zig-zag-shaped screens," Meacham continues. "We know that Avolites' Ai
Australia - The Mel Brooks musical Young Frankenstein has been a popular staple in regional theatres across the globe since its 2007 Broadway debut. At a recent production of the musical comedy at the Devonport Entertainment & Convention Centre, designer Nick Glen supported the fantastical story of an American doctor who finds his body parts in Transylvania with a lighting design that smoothly balanced comedic and dramatic elements.
Glen, of Nick Glen Lighting Design, was aided in his effort by a collection of Chauvet Professional Maverick MK2 Spot and COLORdash Par-Quad 18 fixtures, supplied by Show Systems Australia. “The performance features of the Mavericks and colours of the COLORdashes allowed me to create a range of looks,” he says. “We needed this diversity to support the show, both as a comedy and as a more straightforward story.”
Hung from upstage and mid-stage electrics, the 12 Maverick MK2 Spot fixtures in the rig were controlled wirelessly through Chauvet DJ D-Fi Hub units. The 440W LED fixtures were moved throughout the show, their quiet operation eliminating concerns about distractive noise.
Drawing on the wide beam angle (13° to 37°) of the Maverick MK2 Spot, Glen had them fill a variety of roles during the freewheeling musical comedy, from creating broad crisscrossing patterns for show-tune-style dance numbers to more focused down spots for dramatic moments. The dual rotating gobo wheels of the Maverick MK2 Spot also came into play, as Glen relied on speckled gobo patterns to underscore a lurking sense of dang
Denmark - Nordic Rentals has recently made its first major Robe investment with the purchase of 50 x MegaPointes and 26 x Spiider LED wash beams for rental stock, a decision driven purely by “demand” explained senior sales and project manager, Tue Knudsen.
The Veile and Copenhagen-based company already has around 800 moving lights on board, but wanted to keep pace with the latest innovations from Robe. Knudsen comments: “It’s a big investment, however, the massive demand for the fixtures enables a quick ROI, making the products very attractive.”
He also mentions Nordic Rentals had been looking at ways of reducing its annual sub-hired rental costs - and owning more of the products being spec’d is one approach.
The MegaPointes were out of the warehouse door the day after they were delivered by Robe’s Danish distributor Light Partner and are currently not due back until the autumn.
This initial batch of Robe fixtures is servicing summer tour projects, including for Danish pop singer-songwriter Rasmus Seebach, whose LD Jacob Baekman specified both Spiiders and MegaPointes.
The Robe fixtures were also feature prominently on the summer floor package design for heavy metal heroes Volbeat by LD Niller Bjerrgaard as they blast their way around Europe playing a mix of festivals, own headliner shows and a few opening slots for Guns ‘n’ Roses.
Malta - Luxury cruise line Seabourn introduced its newest vessel, the Seabourn Ovation, with a naming ceremony in the harbour of Valletta in Malta in May. The ship is the fifth ultra-luxury vessel to join the Seabourn fleet over the past decade and the second of two ships designed by Adam D. Tihany.
The event was managed by Belinda King Creative Productions and saw the ship's Godmother, Elaine Paige perform to an exclusive audience on the cruise ship’s pool deck and a debut of the Seabourn anthem entitled We Sail to See the Lives of Others by Tim Rice was performed. The evening was capped with a fireworks’ display that lit up Valletta Harbour.
Belinda King Creative Productions brought Push the Button on board to handle the technical aspects of the project and they, in turn, asked Unusual to deal with the rigging elements.
Jim Dugan, production manager at Unusual, comments: "Ian Tregaskis, production manager for Push the Button, approached us to provide a truss structure for the main screen which was to be used on board the ship as well, as to assist with the crane operations. While a local crane company was employed in Valletta, the Unusual team was tasked with making sure that everything was lifted onto the ship and removed in a timely manner."
Jim and his colleague Tom Berry flew to Malta to work on the event. "It was an extremely tight schedule to get everything on board. We had a day of quay side pre production before The Ovation arrived at 7am on event day, we had only eight hours to install, then the naming ceremony took plac
Switzerland - Geneva-based event production company Skynight SA chose six pieces of the ARX Systems ISO Balancer VC as part of an extensive AV setup at the Montreux Jazz Festival in July. Supplied to Skynight by Tonspur AG, the Swiss distributor for ARX Systems, the ISO Balancer VC’s were used primarily for straightforward volume adjustment.
Eddy Broquet from Tonspur comments: “At certain places within the festival there are some TV screens with a live feed from the concert. Yvan Barone (Skynight project manager for the Montreux Jazz Festival) was looking for something of high quality that was easy to use to adjust the audio volume in these areas. As it can be the waiter of the bar in charge of the volume he really wanted to avoid putting in a small mixing console. As Skynight already use the ARX USB-DI they asked if ARX had a product that might fit their demand and the obvious choice was the ISO Balancer VC.”
Designed as a solution for any consumer to pro interfacing and level setting issues, the dual channel ISO Balancer VC converts stereo unbalanced low impedance audio signals to stereo balanced, low impedance signals that are suitable for use with professional equipment and long cable runs.
The Netherlands - Technical production company 4light Showprojects chose various CLF lighting fixtures for the 10th edition of 7th Sunday Festival in Erp. All fixtures were supplied by Dutch dry-hire company Rent-All.
Light designer Joep van Bree of 4Light Showprojects picked 50 CLF Aorun beams in his design to outline the impressive stage. The fixtures were selected because of their impressive output, fast movements, big lens design and very smooth frost effect.
To illuminate decorative items, the CLF Ares was used. Most of them were placed behind plexiglass windows. 4Light Showprojects uses the Ares during the majority of their events, including the Untold Festival in Romania and Daydream Festival in the Netherlands.
4Light Showprojects owner Ronnie Santegoeds comments: “I really like the CLF Ares, mainly because of the high output but also the colour mixing is impressive.”
North America - More than 30 years ago, Mexican music legend Antonio Aguilar toured the American continent accompanied by his family with the first equestrian show in the history of Latin show business. Now, his son, Latin singer Pepe Aguilar, has revived the tradition with his Jaripeo Sin Fronteras equestrian show, steeped in three generations of Aguilar performers and updated with dynamic lighting effects.
Pepe Aguilar’s nine Grammy awards and star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (his father has one too) are testament to the Mexican singer’s appeal, on both sides of the border. On 26 May in Mexico City’s Palacio de los Deportes, Pepe Aguilar presented his Jaripeo show with lighting accompaniment from 40 Elation Platinum FLX hybrid moving heads and 22 Elation SixPar 200 IP colour-changing Par lights with Antari F-7 Smaze units used for atmospherics and a thin layer of mid-air projection haze.
The Jaripeo – a Mexican equestrian show that includes horse riders and bull riding, traditional Mexican costumes, and regional music like Mariachi or Banda – has been modernised using video mapping and dynamic lighting effects. Jaripeo Sin Fronteras mixes tradition with modern technology to re-invent the great shows of the past and create a new show to remember.
Responsible for the lighting design was Ricardo Ortiz with technical production by Equipos Apolo. The Elation equipment was chosen for its power and range of colours, while an IP65 multi-environmental rating was important for fixtures located alongside the arena itself.
Here We Go Again - 10 years after unexpectedly making cinema history, Mamma Mia is back with a prequel that looks like it could be both as camp and successful as the first time around. With an all-star cast including Meryl Streep, Colin Firth and Cher, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is released this week and has been touted by lead actor Amanda Seyfried as a "better" movie with "more heart".
It follows an original that became a popular classic and the highest grossing film at the UK box office of all time - despite being widely panned by critics on release.
At the premier of Mamma Mia Here We Go Again Pierce Brosnan, who plays a past love interest of Meryl Streep's character Donna, told Sky News he wasn't bothered by bad reviews. "The critics could have a good old field day with us, but I think at the end of the day the people are going to enjoy it even more then the last one," he said. Mamma Mia, which was a hugely successful stage musical first, made more than $600m (£453m) worldwide.
After Brexit - A government blueprint for the UK’s future relationship with the EU has emphasised the importance of the “continued mobility of talented individuals” and proposes a new culture agreement that allows the UK to participate in European programmes. The white paper describes mobility as a “key element of economic, cultural and scientific cooperation”.
Regarding culture specifically, the paper says the UK attaches importance to the “continued mobility of talented individuals and groups”. It says the UK and
UK - PLASA Show, the world-wide event for entertainment technology, is returning to London Olympia from 16-18 September, and the seminar programme is beginning to take shape. Attendees will have access to back-to-back professional development sessions across the three days, delivering content from all sectors of the industry including lighting, live sound, AV, rigging and staging.
Only a slice of what’s to come has been announced, but many hot topics are already covered, from immersive audio and the latest AV technology, to pioneering design software and electrical updates.
Audio experts from Britannia Row Productions are hosting a series of seminars to help both the younger generation and seasoned professionals. As well as discussing the future of immersive audio and outlining their training courses, Britannia Row will run a demonstration of speaker system prediction software to create a system design for an arena, and legendary sound engineer Simon Hodge will build a mix from scratch using a multitrack recording.
The SoundGirls make their debut at PLASA Show with a future-focused panel looking to bring the audience closer with live mixing apps, immersive sound systems and a whole new generation of technology. Furthermore, freelance recordist Richard Merrick and Jonathan Edwards from Terry Tew Sound and Light will present a session on wireless audio, in association with the Institute of Professional Sound.
AVNU Alliance representatives Genio Kronauer of L-Acoustics, and Henning Kaltheuler of d&b audiotechnik will present
USA - The Knight of Illumination Awards USA (KOI-USA) has announced the judging panel for the Live for Broadcast category.
Panel chair Jeff Ravitz comments, "I'm very lucky to have been able to assemble a stellar panel of judges. I wanted a well-rounded mix of experienced eyes working with me to select this year's KOI-USA Live for Broadcast Award recipients, and well-rounded they are." KOI-USA Full Live for Broadcast panel:
Jeff Ravitz - lighting designer and chair of the judging panel who has turned innumerable live performances into broadcast ready television shows, including for Bruce Springsteen, Lollapalooza festival, and Canadian pop star Justin Bieber
Amy Tinkham - creative director, producer, and writer, Amy has previously worked as a choreographer for artists including Madonna, Aerosmith, and Earth Wind and Fire, and has directed events including America's Got Talent Live in Las Vegas
Dennis Size - lighting designer and vice president of design team Lighting Design Group, Dennis spent 18 years as senior lighting director for Disney/ABC TV Network lighting everything from soap operas to variety shows
Cameron Barnett - director of photography, Cameron has worked as extensively as DOP primarily in large sensor capture in the UK, USA, and Australia on shows like The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, Kevin Hart's What Now stand up special, and was the film consultant on Beyonce's US tour
Alana Billingsley - Emmy Award-winning art director with more than 10 years' experience on high profile live television eve
USA - The ANSI Board of Standards Review has approved a revised version of ANSI E1.46, Standard for the Prevention of Falls from Theatrical Stages and Raised Performance Platforms. The standard has been revised to address changes to the OSHA regulations for fall protection, while keeping the document's useful guidance for preventing falls from stages into the orchestra pit or the house.
ANSi E1.46 – 2018 can be downloaded at no cost from the ESTA TSP website at tsp.esta.org/freestandards. The no-cost download is made possible by the sponsorship of ProSight Specialty Insurance. Alternatively, the standard may be purchased for $40 from ANSI and IHS at webstore.ansi.org/ and global.ihs.com/ respectively.