Mexico - Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) has announced the addition of Rafael Covarrubias to the LATAM team as regional sales manager. Covarrubias is responsible for developing new partners and managing existing EAW partners in the region south of the U.S. border.
“We are ecstatic to welcome Rafael to the EAW team,” says T.J. Smith, president of EAW. “He brings with him a thorough understanding of the industry that will assist him in furthering EAW’s goals of being a driving force within the LATAM market.”
Covarrubias comes to EAW with an impressive skillset accumulated from his time in the pro audio and music industries. From budget planning, AV and lighting operation and technical and HR management for live show production, Covarrubias has spent over 20 years forming strong relationships with distributors, retailers and Mexico’s major music shops.
“I look forward to this incredible opportunity to continue my work in the LATAM region, now supported by the wonderful team at EAW,” says Covarrubias. “Between its stellar reputation within the industry and innovative product inventory, I am honoured to be working alongside a brand so focused on improving the experiences and offerings within the pro audio, music and live sound industries.”
China - The work and creativity of one of the best known and most significant impressionist painters, Claude Monet, will attract all elements of art lovers in a new gallery concept presented in a special temporary venue erected at Hong Kong’s Xiqu Centre in the West Kowloon District.
This is thanks to some genius imagineering and teamwork between international video mapping, immersive experience and digital art creative studio, Dirty Monitor, and ChillHoYeah Hong Kong, a new company with a passion for art, technology, and experimentalism.
This collaboration was commissioned by exhibition organisers ChillHoYeah, a co-promoter with Dirty Monitor for En Voyage with Claude Monet which will run for three months at this site.
This is the first full scale project by D-Mines, Dirty Monitor’s brand-new creative content production management division headed up by Benjamin Bauwens, who has previously worked at ArKaos and as a video specialist for PRG. He enthused, “This is a hugely exciting idea set to revolutionise the way art can be appreciated – not just by traditional art lovers, but by new, different and diverse audiences who may not necessarily ever think of visiting a traditional art gallery.”
En Voyage with Claude Monet takes elements from 200 of the painter’s ephemeral and multi-layered masterworks. Many were painted during his extensive travels around France, Italy, the Netherlands, the UK and more. Others included a selection painted in his famous garden in Giverny which was replete with perspectives, textures and
UK - Originally opened by the late Queen in 1983, Glasgow’s celebrated Burrell Collection museum was recently reopened by King Charles in one of his first engagements as monarch, following a six-year long, £68m refurbishment. With a bold focus on digital presence and interpretation, LCD screens from Leyard Europe, were paramount in the museum’s refit.
Curated by Glasgow shipping magnate and art collector, Sir William Burrell and his wife Constance, the prestigious collection was gifted by the couple to the City in 1944, alongside funds for the construction of a museum to house it. After years searching for the appropriate site, the resulting building is a Scandinavian-inspired, award-winning design established in the city’s Pollok Country Park.
Many of the Collection’s significant and unique objects have been in storage for decades or never been on permanent display, but they are now on show thanks to a 35% increase in the museum’s gallery space. Partnering with audio visual multimedia integrator, D J Willrich, the venue’s AV team introduced digital technology, comprising video walls, interactive and hybrid systems, in a majority of the 24 galleries and public spaces, regenerating the displays with innovative elements to help visitors engage with the stories behind the Collection.
“At the forefront of the Burrell’s AV design is a series of bespoke LCD screens by top manufacturer, Leyard Europe,” explains Nicola Jagger from D J Willrich. “We specified Leyard’s Clarity Matrix G3 LX46X 4k LCD video wall system with ERO-LCD prote
UK - Apes CloudPower amplifiers have been installed as part of a complete audio system overhaul at St Cuthbert’s church in Wood Green, North London.
St Cuthbert’s turned to AV consultants and integrators, Noiseboys Technologies, to specify and install a new audio system for music amplification and speech reproduction that covered the church with better, clearer sound, and that had the versatility to be used in multiple orientations and settings.
The church’s existing 100V audio system had been designed purely for speech amplification and no longer reflected the needs of a worship team which plays as a band with drums, keyboard, electric and acoustic guitars, and multiple singers. The old speakers positioned on the exterior walls struggled to provide coverage for the full congregation and the system lacked the flexibility to facilitate the church’s busy programme of worship, education, and community events.
A pair of four 700W Apex CloudPower CP704 amplifiers was chosen to drive all loudspeakers in the church. Noiseboys Technologies director, Phill Beynon had been introduced to CloudPower amplifiers by Mike Roissetter from Apex’s UK distributor, FBT Audio (UK), and quickly saw their potential to address the need for flexibility in the St Cuthbert’s project. “Aside from Sunday morning and evening services the church hosts different events and meetings, some of which are seated facing the front, some using café style tables, and some conducted from mid-way in the room, or at the opposite end to the traditional orientation,” Beynon exp
UK - Tickets are now on sale for Lightroom - a new, artists-led immersive venue set to open in London’s Kings Cross in January 2023. The space, packed with the latest in AV technology, includes a Holoplot OLOPLOT X1 Matrix Array sound system, the first fixed installation in the UK.
At first glance an inconspicuous cuboid venue, Lightroom presents a blank canvas set to host a varied programme of original creative content. The opening show David Hockney: Bigger and Closer not smaller and further away will be the first run in a series of original exhibitions, created in collaboration with leading artists and innovators.
The Hockney experience aspires to be visually astonishing and alive with sound, including a specially composed score written by Nico Muhly with sound design by Olivier and Tony award-winning sound designer Gareth Fry - guaranteed to generate new perspectives for the audience.
Lightroom is a joint venture between 59 Productions, an award-winning design studio and production company and London Theatre Company, the creative engine behind the Bridge Theatre. Speaking on the venue’s choice of sound system, Richard Slaney, CEO of Lightroom, states “Holoplot represents an opportunity for us to create compelling sound worlds for our audiences, and exemplifies Lightroom’s ambition to use cutting edge technology to create spectacular artist-led shows.”
“X1 has been deployed on some exceptional projects, all harnessing the power of our technology to create extraordinary experiences. Lightroom fits this calibre of enterpris
USA - Renkus-Heinz has announced its attendance at LDI in Las Vegas, Nevada, from 18-20 November at the Las Vegas Convention Centre.
LDI attendees will have the opportunity to speak directly with product manager Brandon Heinz and Western regional sales manager Garrison Parkin at booth #405 in the Amplify Pavilion. To experience the Renkus-Heinz Sound Solution first-hand, attendees can stop by room N250 for a live loudspeaker demonstration of the ICLive X Series.
“LDI is a chance for our customers, distributors, sales reps and partners to experience the power of the Renkus-Heinz Sound Solution in person,” said Parkin. “We look forward to sharing the live experience with everyone at the show.”
As the intelligent evolution of the small-format line array, the ICLive X Series represents over 15 years of research and development of digital beam-steering technology. Created with integrators, contractors, and rental & staging companies in mind, ICLive X provides system designers the horsepower, steerability and directivity needed to deliver consistent coverage and intelligibility for even the biggest events or most architecturally challenging spaces.
Each mid-sized ICLX module can stand alone or be arrayed with up to 12 units to deliver precise and predictable coverage for any venue. The complementary ICLX-118S subwoofer adds powerful low-frequency energy to any ICLive X system, and a wide range of rigging and cabling accessories help simplify integration and deployment of the ICLive X Series.
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USA - Claypaky is set to launch new products at LDI in Las Vegas.
Making its world premiere will be Volero Wave LED bar, with original and innovative features. It is made up of a system of eight moving heads, each one independently capable of a 220° tilt, thus producing never-seen-before three-dimensional volumetric projections. Each of these heads contains a brand-new mirror-based optical system combined with 40W RGBW LEDs; the innovative concept behind Volero Wave was to be able to move the entire light source on its axis, thus preserving the same intensity of the light flux in any position of the tilt range.
The beams always appear extremely sharp and collimated, parallel to each other thanks to the 2.9° projection angle. Their synchronized movement produces an impressive wave of light, all the more overwhelming the more Volero Wave units you seamlessly connect to each other. When fitted on the Claypaky Panify, they can even be provided with an endless variable-speed pan rotation.
The Xtylos family is the result of years of joint studies and design carried out by Claypaky and Osram regarding both performance and safety in laser engine-based light sources. In compliance with the regulations governing the use of products that incorporate a laser system, today Claypaky is the only manufacturer having laser-driven moving heads approved for the worldwide tours.
Specifically for the United States, Claypaky has implemented a Xtylos programme to support customers in getting the authorisation by the FDA through the issuance of their own variance,
UK - Technical event production and hire companies Sterling Event Group, one of the UK's leading, uses Van Damme TourCat cables as part of its infrastructure to deliver live events for clients daily.
Supplying sound, lighting and video equipment to multiple industries, Sterling Event Group has expanded rapidly since the end of the COVID pandemic. With work split across the whole spectrum of sectors including corporate, private, public, sporting, and live music, it is vital that all equipment is both reliable and durable.
Joseph Timmons, head of vision at Sterling Event Group, comments: “As our fleet of equipment grows the infrastructure behind it also needs to grow with it. Specifically within the vision department the Van Damme Tourcat cable links our screen management systems with our projectors, displays and LED screens. We work on multiple projects in different locations so the cable must survive life on the road and never let us down.”
David Barnard, customer services manager at VDC Trading says: “We’ve been working extensively with everyone at Sterling Event Group and are involved with many aspects including the manufacture of audio lines to lighting and RF systems. The team is always a pleasure to work with and knows exactly what it wants, and how it wants it. We’re delighted that Van Damme is delivering excellence exactly where it’s needed.”
USA -To support the release of their new collaborative album entitled 18, guitar legend Jeff Beck and Johnny Depp have embarked on a tour throughout North America. They’re playing songs from the album, including some Depp originals and covers of The Beach Boys, The Velvet Underground, John Lennon, and others. On the drums is Anika Nilles.
For the tour, FOH mixer Dave Natale and monitor mixer Shon Hartman have chosen the Austrian Audio OD505WL1 Active Dynamic Microphone Capsule for use on Johnny Depp’s wireless vocal microphone.
In addition, they are also using Austrian Audio OC18 Cardioid Pattern Precision Microphones for overheads and Austrian Audio CC8 Cardioid True Condenser Microphones for the hi-hats, and ride cymbal on drummer Anika Nilles drum set.
Dave Natale explains: “We use a different PA system every day. The house installed systems or locally rented systems are hung in different proximities to the vocal microphone. The super cardioid Austrian Audio OD505WL1 has superior off-axis rejection characteristics without sacrificing any audio quality, whatsoever.”
Monitor mixer Shon Hartman adds: “The Austrian Audio OD505WL1 capsules’ precision and defined pickup pattern reduces the amount of unnecessary ambient sound that can bleed into the vocal mic and therefore to the ear monitors and wedges, resulting in far less audio confusion.”
UK - Creamfields North returned to its Daresbury, Cheshire, home over the August bank holiday weekend treating eager revellers to three days of live performances from Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Alesso, Armin van Buuren, and Carl Cox.
As is tradition, Britannia Row Productions was brought in by large scale event producer, LarMac LIVE, to provide three of the festival’s most prominent stages (the North Stage, the South Stage, and the Steel Yard) with an audio setup worthy of its stellar line up.
“The equipment we provided was largely the same across all three of our stages this year,” said Brit Row crew chief, Alex Hore, who helped to ensure fans had the ultimate live sound experience. “On the Steel Yard stage, we hung the main PA far enough apart to allow for the screen layout for Eric Prydz, but that only needed an adjustment of the infill speaker configuration to compensate for coverage around the front of the stage.”
The North Stage, which serves as one of the festival’s main stages, had a main left and right hang of L-Acoustics K1, with KS28 ground subs and K2 on ground-fill and delay duties. Like Steel Yard, the North Stage’s side hangs had to be flown wide to stay clear of its large video screens to retain the best sightlines for fans.
The South Stage was again rigged with an L-Acoustics outdoor setup, albeit on a smaller scale, with some ground-stacked K2 in place of side hangs.
“Of course, with this amount of kit on the outdoor stages, we had to be conscious of noise levels, but we’ve worked closely with Warren
Europe - It was a quick sell-out for Ligabue's seven Italian dates at the spectacular Arena di Verona, followed by four more European concerts in Barcelona, Brussels, Paris and London.
Ligabue returned to the stage after the great success of his 30 Years in a Day show on 4 June 2022 at the famous Arena in Campovolo, a symbolic venue for the singer who, in 2005, managed to break the European record there for the greatest number of paying spectators for a live show by a single artist.
"Guys, I don't know about there...but from here it was beautiful," wrote the singer under a photograph of the live show in Verona.
The lighting design for the event was handled by LD Jo Campana, who chose to use 61 Ayrton Domino Profiles. "I have used Ayrton products many times in the past - most recently 120 Magic Panel FX in Ligabue's last stadium tour in 2019,” says Campana. “Once again, I chose the Ayrton brand for a simple reason: I have always considered it a synonym for quality and reliability. When I get the chance, it’s natural for me to consider them on my shopping list.”
Thirty-one Domino Profiles were used as traditional spots, mounted on three trusses at different depths on the roof to guarantee the effects package. "These stood out in terms of presence and brightness," says Campana. Another 30 Domino Profiles were positioned way up on the topmost level of the Arena steps behind the stage area to create a frame and a natural backdrop to the black-box of the performance area.
"Given the uniqueness and historical importance of the Arena di
Denmark - The country’s leading sound companies gathered at the Technical University of Denmark’s DTU Skylab last week in celebration of this year’s Danish Sound Award recipient - DPA Microphones, the first-ever company to earn this recognition. Presented to professionals that drive innovation in the industry, the Danish Sound Award sheds light on the globally outstanding audio technology that is developed in the country.
The prize is awarded to those who have rethought the use and understanding of sound or have further developed and strengthened Denmark’s position as a leading nation in the field of sound. Special attention is given to nominees that have contributed to the community with completely new paths in the use of sound or have done something remarkable to showcase Danish sound expertise on an international level.
“DPA has made an extraordinary effort to get Danish sound products known abroad and has, at the same time, had impressive financial results year after year,” said Town of Struer Mayor, Mads Jakobsen, while presenting the award. “Building on a strong heritage, DPA has achieved a prominent market position because of high technical competencies. [It is] a well-respected brand used by well-known artists and organizations around the world. DPA is a solid and worthy representative for the Danish sound industry.”
DPA CEO Kalle Hvidt Nielsen and vice president of marketing Anne Berggrein attended the recent event to accept the award on behalf of everyone in the company. “Denmark is a global epicentre of acoustical knowl
Europe - In March 2022, Claypaky launched its CP Green – Spotlight on Sustainabilityinitiative for environmental sustainability. The project was undertaken in cooperation with Spinlife, spin-off of the University of Padova. The Spinlife team provides public and private organisations of all sizes with tailored consulting plans regarding strategic environmental management and sustainability management techniques.
Believing that what is not measured cannot be improved, Claypaky took the first step of understanding, quantifying and analysing its current carbon footprint using the ISO 14064-1:2018 norm and achieving certification via a third-party auditing process. Developed by the International Standards Organisation, a non-governmental organisation in Geneva, Switzerland, ISO 14064 offers policy makers and organisations a ready foundation of best practices upon which to build a GHG (Greenhouse Gases) reduction programme to address the global environmental challenge of climate change.
Claypaky successfully completed this first part of its initiative and is proud to have become the first company in the entertainment lighting industry to receive certification in the carbon inventory management system.
Simultaneous with achieving this milestone, Claypaky has defined and implemented several projects to reduce the environmental impact of its business activities. They include plastic-free packaging, implementation of the Kanban control system into the manufacturing process to increase efficiencies and reduce waste, investment into green energy and of
UK - The Chai Wallahs stage has proved popular with up-and-coming acts as it tours around UK festivals. With a self-contained setup and its own roster of artists, Chai Wallahs has built its reputation around a quality experience for both bands and crew.
The sound system has played a major role in developing this reputation, with sound engineer and system designer, Harry Bishop central to this process for nearly 15 years. “The stage is quite famed for its audio,” says Bishop. “The big feedback from the audience and from the bands has always been the quality of the sound.”
Bishop had been using a solution from one manufacturer since the independent stage first hit the festival scene. However, he had grown increasingly disillusioned with the sound quality he was getting and started to explore different options. During this process he was introduced to TW Audio.
“Some friends of mine were talking about TW Audio and they set up a little system for me to listen to,” he recalls. “The first thing that I noticed was the sub. The bottom end was just really musical, rich, full and responsive. It felt like a literal breath of fresh air. Doing subsequent research and then listening I realised they do very little processing, all the work is done in the cabinet. Philosophically, it was all starting to make sense to me.”
The result of this research was Bishop investing in TW Audio for his own dry hire business, HPA, and persuading the Chai Wallahs team that it was the right time to make a system change. “It took a lot of convincing to get
Thailand - Standing more than 40 stories above the bustling city of Bangkok is Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok rooftop bar, equipped with ethereal gardens, live DJs and stunning views. The rooftop bar, Bar.Yard, mirrors the beauty of the city through futuristic designs and technology.
With an abundance of ambient noise from the lively city below, the needs of DJs to foster an entertaining space for guests and the threat of inclement weather, Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok relied on Renkus-Heinz sound solutions to meet its needs while not distracting guests from the architectural beauty of the space.
Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok is named for the maa-lai flower bouquet, a traditional gift given to guests in Thai culture. Working with Bangkok-based AV integration firm Vichai Trading 1983 and AV consultant Atkrist Co., Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok upgraded the rooftop bar’s audio, visual and control systems.
“In the early stages of design for Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok, it was important that the AV equipment blended well with the elegant architecture while also meeting the hotel's audio requirements,” Mr. Wansamkan, AV consultant at Atkrist Co, noted. “Renkus-Heinz provided a weatherized, aesthetic and high-fidelity solution for the rooftop.”
Bar.Yard is equipped with eight TX81 Compact Two-Way Complex Conic loudspeakers, eight TX62 Two-Way Complex Conic loudspeakers and two TX112S 12-inch subwoofers from Renkus-Heinz.
“For Bar.Yard, we needed a sound system that was acoustically strong but also partial to aesthetic appearance. The Renkus-Heinz weatherized
The Netherlands - Busy and vibrant live music venue, Doornroosje, in Nijmegen has invested in more Robe moving lights for its two main performance halls, which are action-packed with a full programme – currently staging around double the number of pre-covid shows such is the demand.
Doornroosje is run by the local Nijmegen town council and managed by a full-time staff of bookers, admin and technical staff including Robbie Van Reen, who has been head of lighting since 2009.
Twenty Robe T1 Profiles, 12 x T2 Profiles 12 x Spiider LED wash beams and eight LEDBeam 350s have recently been added to their house lighting rigs. These were all delivered by Robe’s Benelux distributor, Controllux.
The venue’s history with Robe goes back many years. In 2014 when Doornroosje moved to its current site in the city centre the current investments started, initially in MMX Spots which were still going strong last year when replaced with the latest purchases.
They also have DLX Spots and DLF Washes – Robe’s first-generation LED moving lights – which have clocked up over 20,000 hours and were recently moved to the bar area in a reshuffle of existing lights that happened alongside the installation of the new ones.
The largest room in the building is the main 1100 capacity Red stage; the Purple stage can accommodate 400 music fans, and the bar area around 200. The musical mix is diverse, from rock, pop and folk to reggae, world, and funk, to metal, hip hop, R ‘n’ B plus a profusion of dance genres, so the lighting rig has always been specified f
UK - Creative and technical solutions company, Visual Elements, has added the Prolights StudioCob Plus range, supplied by A.C Entertainment Technologies, (AC-ET) to their inventory.
This Kent based business offers a full range of services from the dry hire of equipment to productions of any scale. The scope of their projects meant that they required a more energy efficient solution than the traditional PAR cans.
Following discussions with the ACET team, the client decided upon the Prolights StudioCob Plus range, based on versatility and competitive price point.
Opting for this range, Visual Elements received powerful units that have a high CRI and the capability to produce beautifully smooth pastels, vivid saturated colours and a full range of flattering white tones.
Yvette Pinnington from the Visual Elements team comments, “The Prolights StudioCob plus is so flexible being IP65 Rated, with a true white chip and not one, not two but three lens options. It fuses the old and new PAR perfectly. The service from AC-ET is always efficient and professional, it is a pleasure to deal with them, we have always experienced great personal customer service.’’
Managing director Mike Townsend adds, “Such a versatile unit, one moment they are on the floor lighting some trees and the next framing artwork in a hotel window or illuminating an exhibition stand. Easy to use either standalone or part of a complete system.”
Portugal - The new cultural district in Porto, known as World of Wine (WOW), comprises a cluster of museums, restaurants, and bars that form an immersive journey through the region’s port production heritage.
WOW’s management team decided they wanted to install a comprehensive, premium audio system to guide people through the various exhibits and deliver the immersive soundscapes that help make the venue different. Genelec loudspeakers were chosen for studio-quality sound, flexibility, and reliability.
Over 400 Genelec loudspeakers are utilised across all the spaces. The brief was simple; to build an interactive experience that would attract, entertain, and educate tourists on various aspects of Portugal’s cultural history. Local Genelec distributor Garrett Audiovisuais secured the contract and specified an extensive list of Genelec equipment, working in tandem with Gema Digital, the company responsible for the creation of most of the museum experiences, from inception to the global project management, including the storytelling, multimedia production, AV installation, execution, and maintenance.
Gema Digital specialises in developing pioneering immersive and interactive experiences for events, brand activations and museums, with a portfolio that combines over 2000 projects in 14 different countries. At WOW, sound played an instrumental part in creating an engaging experience that propels the visitor forward.
"In each space, completely different environments are presented, and it was necessary that the sound design reflects this change
Lithuania - Kaunas State Musical Theatre has been under reconstruction. UAB Sonus exsertus in cooperation with AB Light were responsible for the architectural lighting solution for the building's façade. Sonus exsertus deployed a range of the Italian-based DTS Lighting projects for this project.
According to the concept designer Arvydas Buinauskas the client's goal was to give liveliness to the theatre and make it more playful during the dark hours of the day. Artistic lighting was designed with the aim of transforming the building to the theme of a certain event. One of the challenges for the designer was to first give the very idea of how lighting a building must be done, highlighting the unique elements of the façade in pastel colours, so that it would not be annoying and that it could blend into the urban landscape environment.
With such a structure located in the city centre, next to a park, it is preferable for it to not stand out extravagantly but rather to integrate it into the general atmosphere of the city. Edmundas Žižys, head of Sonus exsertus which were the integrators of the project, says that the technical challenge was not to breach the requirements of cultural heritage which the theatre belongs to.
Special attention had to be paid when designing and laying the cables and choosing the suitable places for the lighting devices. The result is that the lighting system can be controlled both by zones and individually with respect to certain groups of luminaires. In this case, it is possible to control the colour on each individual s
USA - Rock the House Entertainment Group is a growing, Cleveland-based entertainment and production company with national reach. They cover several core segments from Fortune 100 company annual meetings, over the top social events such a Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, weddings and high-end celebrity gatherings, as well as national headlining acts and major music festivals. Founded in 1999, the company has expanded into several vertical markets over the course of its history and has consistently relied on Elation lighting the last 15 years to successfully realise all manner of projects.
As a company that may design production elements for thousands of youths during school homecoming one day and head to Bonnaroo the next to work with top tier national artists, versatile products that can fulfil roles on an assortment of different projects are preferred.
“We like lights that scale well and look to acquire products that we can use in a variety of verticals,” stated Ryan Konikoff, partner & COO at Rock the House. As an Ohio-based company, he says a lot of what they do is seasonal. “In the fall and spring, we’re in corporate/non-profit season, and in summer we’re in festival and community event season. We want gear to easily translate from one to the other and we’ve found that Elation products do that. We’ve also found that the cross-rentability of Elation exceeds other brands and we’re excited to have the gear out in the field for long term rentals.”
Rock the House has recently added a number of Elation products to their rental inventory along w
Belgium - International show, visual and production design studio Painting with Light has enjoyed a busy summer and autumn back to full speed working on a wide range of projects and events embracing theatre, television, and live broadcast.
The company is headed by Luc Peumans, who comments, “It was fantastic for our team and all our clients to be back doing live shows with real audiences after two years of pandemic restrictions. While this ‘dark’ period forced us to be imaginative and inventive in creating entertainment and engagement, there is nothing like feeling the buzz and excitement of shows packed with crowds, anticipation, and real human experience.”
Tien Om Te Zien, a popular Sunday night VTM music show ran from 1989 – 2008 and was then rebooted in 2014 and 2021. The 2021 was such a success that the broadcaster revived the concept once again to run in summer 2022, on the beach at Westende in Flanders, this time with a live audience again.
Luc designed lighting taking the original 1989 tensile stage structure – revamped for 2022 by PWL’s creative partner and set specialist, Deusjevoo – as a starting point, choosing lighting fixtures that would fit around this and work well in the context.
He collaborated closely with PWL’s programmer Werner Dries and lighting operators Sieben Vanuffelen and Jeroen Opsteyn, dealing with challenges that included lighting the whole site and audience for camera as well as ensuring all the artists looked awesome for all the music fans watching live.
The artist line-up was very di
USA - Bandit Lites founder and Chair Michael T. Strickland was honoured with the CMA Foundation Humanitarian Award on 9 November at the 56th Annual CMA Awards live on ABC television.
The seldom given award is provided to “an individual who has served as a humanitarian through community leadership, financial support, personal volunteerism and advocacy.” Previous recipients include Kix Brooks, Vince Gill, Randy Owens, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton.
“I am indeed humbled to be honoured in this way,” said Strickland. “To be mentioned in the same group as the previous honourees is amazing. But, at the end of it all, it was not me, but it was the millions of great people in the industry that have listened, acted, and taken the time to effect change and take care of one another. Entertainment is a huge family, and we all pulled together starting in 2020 and I was simply the one steering the ship. I am honoured to have been given the opportunity.”
Strickland has worked since March 2020, up to the present as the face and voice of the entire entertainment industry before Congress. He called Senators Lamar Alexander and Marsha Blackburn to request help for the industry, and that journey has never ended, and when Senator Alexander retired, Senator Hagerty took his place.
During his legislative work, Strickland has appeared on major television networks, met with over 80 Senators and Representatives, and advanced the needs of the entire industry daily. He has worked on The Cares Act, PPP, PPP 2, Enhanced Unemployment, The RESTART Act, Save Our Sta
USA – The University of Houston recently took advantage of the University Outreach Programme from Vari-Lite, which enables emerging lighting design students to elevate their production looks and facilitates hands-on professional fixture experience. The latest collaborative project saw Andrew Archer, who is undertaking a BFA in Technical Theatre Production, create an inspired design for the play The Learned Ladies using VL2600 SPOT luminaires.
Archer took delivery of six VL2600 SPOT fixtures as part of the programme, working with Bobby Harrell, Vari-Lite sales and applications specialist at Signify, who spearheads the initiative. Archer says he was impressed by the powerful features and capabilities of these luminaires and harnessed their power to design the lighting for the production of The Learned Ladies, adapted from the Molière original.
“We updated our production so that it was staged as a sitcom set in 1990s New Orleans,” explains Archer. “The lighting design centred around that classic sitcom feel while incorporating the vibrancy and magic of live theatre to evoke the dynamic palettes of that era. My main creative and practical objectives centred around colour and texture.”
The Vari-Lite University Outreach Programme is an ongoing project allowing talented students to use Vari-Lite luminaires in a real-world environment, with training and support from Bobby Harrell. “The programme allows educational design programmes to connect with Vari-Lite technology and staff to explore design solutions that are often only avail
UK - British luxury fashion multi-retailer Flannels’ new flagship store in Liverpool is attracting customers with an ongoing series of projections onto its impressive façade with the help of a Hippotizer Nevis+ Media Server.
The 120,000sq.ft, seven storey megastore, in the heart of Liverpool, opened in the summer with a curated projection show, highlighting the in-house brands and offering a sense of what visitors can expect inside. The success of the beamed video content led to the projections becoming a permanent installation, with an Epson 20K lumen projector positioned on the roof of a building opposite the Flannels store. Beneath the projector is a weather-proofed rack where the Nevis+ is rigged and constantly running.
Motion Mapping was approached by the Flannels AV team to deliver the project, with Stuart Harris at the helm of the projection solution. He supplied a graphics template for the Flannels team, who then uploaded video, stills and branding content for Harris to process into a seamless video, using the Nevis+. To manipulate the visuals to be projected onto the curved façade of the building, Harris used Hippotizer’s SHAPE 3D Mapping tool, meaning he could arrive on-site and set up the projector with confidence in its alignment and focus.
“We had a short window of time to get this project delivered and set up with all of the content and projection right, including all alignment and blending with the framework of the intricate architecture of the building,” says Harris. “Our projector position is off-centre, opposite the Fla