France - Located only 30 minutes from Paris on a “farm at the end of the meadows,” as its website proclaims, Cabaret Du Bout Des Près transports visitors to another world, beyond the reach of the hustle and bustle of the city, where they can enjoy rustic French cuisine and fine wines in a relaxed setting, while taking in music and dance productions that represent the best of France’s can-can tradition.
The original stone walls and exposed beams of the converted 17th century stable where the cabaret revues are performed take guests back to an earlier, simpler era, while also providing an evocative backdrop to the contemporary and ebullient shows, making the experience at Cabaret Du Bout Des Près all the more memorable.
Enhancing the visual impact of this setting and providing the production teams behind the shows with broader and more powerful creative options is a new lighting system designed and installed by Tristan Mouget of Don’t Give Up that features a collection of over 60 Chauvet Professional fixtures.
Given that Cabaret Du Bout Des Près, employs professional singers, dancers and actors, in addition to creating its own choreography and costumes, the Don’t Give Up team was intent on outfitting this performance space with high quality LED theatrical lighting that offered realistic colour mixing and sharp focus, as well as quick, smooth movements.
This criteria let to the selection of the Chauvet Professional units. "Regarding the products we installed at the venue, Chauvet was the choice,” said Mouget. “The company is glob
Italy - The 66th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was held by the EBU at the PalaOlimpico in Turin, attracting a TV audience of 200m and - for the first time in three years - there was an almost full audience at the venue.
RAI RadioTelevisione Italiana, as host broadcaster, took the lead in setting up the stage, which this year revolved around The Sun Within designed by Francesca Montinaro, an ambitious new stage concept based on the light of a kinetic sun. The multilevel stage set-up was complemented by spectacular waterfalls, large LED video walls and - as always - an impressive array of lights ready to set the competing artists' shows on fire.
Claypaky was there with over 400 lights, including 120 Sharpy X Frame, 64 Xtylos, 25 Mini Xtylos, 42 Arolla Profile HP, 25 Stormy CC and 144 Sharpy Wash units. Particularly prominent among them all were the new Claypaky Sharpy X Frame hybrid lights, which flanked the two side catwalks that led from the upper stage down to the stage below.
The Claypaky Xtylos fixtures were arranged along the two top side edges of the structure and were particularly visible in the fanned-out coloured light that cut through the audience. They also had the essential task of creating the lighting effect that accompanied the presentation jingle at the beginning of each song.
The Claypaky Mini Xtylos HPEs were fitted in unusual places: thanks to their great compactness, they were installed inside the stage-side trapdoors, from which sharp blades of coloured light shot out. The Claypaky Arolla Profile HPs and Sha
USA - Established in 2017, the Getty Music Sing! Worship Conference was designed not only to be a live event, but an experience that stays with you 365 days a year. Founder Keith Getty took inspiration from Martin Luther’s teachings and congregationally led musical style, and initially created the musical worship conference to celebrate 500 years of Luther’s work.
With in-person attendance and online livestream viewing opportunities, conference registration granted participants unlimited access to talks, worship services and concerts. As miking a diverse arena event proved to be an unusual challenge, an appropriate solution was needed, leading Getty Music engineer Dan Myers to reach out to music retailer Sweetwater. To complement the large event space, range of speakers, and variety in musical genres performing, an array of microphones from DPA Microphones was selected for clarity and ease of use.
Getty Music is no stranger to DPA Microphones, with the brand’s 4099 Instrument Microphone having been used for years on all the violins and some guitars at the Sing! Conference, and subsequently also on the piano. DPA’s d:facto 4018VL Vocal Microphone was later added to the conference’s repertoire, for a natural sound that was unattainable with any other mic.
The most recent conference boasted over one hundred microphones from DPA, with a selection of older DPA headset microphones and 4099 Instrument Microphones also cross-rented for the orchestra, which made the difficult arena audio easily manageable.
“After we switched over to the
Hungary - Budapest’s Rumbach Street synagogue, designed by Viennese architect Otto Wagner and completed in 1872, has recently been restored to its original Moorish revival style exquisiteness and glory. It has re-opened to the public after decades of dereliction following a partial reconstruction in the late 1980s / early 1990s which ran out of funds, and this more recent effort which was finished during the pandemic.
In addition to being used for prayers and other spiritual activities, the main chamber (sanctuary) and other related spaces have been reimagined and kitted out with the latest technologies. AVL Trade was chosen to integrate a full lighting and AV system into the synagogue as the final detailing of the restoration project which has transformed the venue into a set of stunning modern event spaces for Hungarian Jewish umbrella organization, Mazsihisz.
AVL Trade’s Csaba Csanadi has worked on the project for over two years, the initial approach and invitation for the company to tender on the project came just as the pandemic was starting. For moving lights he specified a selection of Robe fixtures including 12 x T1 Profiles, 12 x Spiiders and 16 x LEDBeam 150s.
These luminaires were all selected for flexibility and because they fit nicely and neatly into the space, offering multiple options for the venue’s mix of activities.
The synagogue is tucked away in one of the narrow winding streets of Belvaros, the historical centre of Pest old town in the east of the Hungarian metropolis which is also a colourful party district. “I
USA - Lighting and visual designer Rob Ross of New York and LA based technical production company Rob Ross Design used over 500 Astera Titan Tubes to highlight architectural and industrial areas at Tesla’s new Gigafactory in Austin, Texas for the automotive giant’s recent facilities launch party, Cyber Rodeo.
Covering 2,500 acres along the Colorado River and offering over 10m sq.ft of factory floor, Gigafactory Texas is a manufacturing hub for Tesla Model Y and the future home of Cybertruck.
Rob and his team were asked onboard by the Cyber Rodeo event’s creative director Stefan Beckman and producer Mark Seed and tasked with designing a creative illumination scheme for the vast environmental spaces involved in the event, including interiors and the building exterior.
This epic mission saw close collaboration with LD Tom Sutherland and his team from DX7 Design who created lighting for Cyber Rodeo’s three stage and entertainment areas.
The enormous main space utilised for the event measured 3800 ft x 1200 ft and stretches the equivalent of seven city blocks.
Looking at photos, videos, walk-throughs, plans, and renders were useful for getting an impression explained Rob, but it wasn’t until he finally stood in the space for real during the first reccie … that he truly felt and understood its scale and enormity!
This was the first trigger for creating an atmosphere for guests to be engaged, impressed, and put in the mood to party by proactive lighting.
“We had a free rein to suggest ideas which was great fun,”
The Netherlands - The firmware for Infinity Chimp DMX consoles has reached version number 2.1. In this release, several new features have been added and some bugs have been fixed.
The latest software for the Infinity Chimp DMX consoles adds a number of new features, like the Virtual Strobe, which lets you create a virtual strobe function for fixtures that only have a dimmer channel and no shutter channel. It adds synchronised strobing as well as random strobe effects. Another new feature is the cue-only record option, which allows you to mark changes in a cue to be used for a certain cue only.
It is now also possible to import Reaper csv files, the MIDI and DMX inputs are freely configurable, new options have been added to the cue commands, and the Magic Sheets have been enhanced with more sheets, renaming, cue renumbering, and much more. A full list of improvements and bugfixes can be found in the release notes published on https://forum.highlite.com/thread-1297.html.
USA - Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) will be showcasing its AC6 2-Way Full Range ADAPTive column loudspeaker at the 2022 InfoComm Show in Las Vegas. The latest addition to the brand’s ADAPTive line, the AC6 has a bandwidth of 65Hz-20KHz and max SPL of 143dB.
Although slightly smaller than its predecessors, the AC6 includes just as many features. Managed via EAW’s Resolution 2 software, the AC6 can compensate for coverage and directivity with its Adaptive Performance technology. By integrating all factors and aspects of the loudspeaker, the AC6 can produce three-dimensional coverage at any site, making it perfect for even the most acoustically challenged spaces.
“Showcasing the new AC6 at InfoComm is an exciting opportunity for EAW to continue connecting with and supporting the AV market,” says TJ Smith, president of EAW. “The AC6 features the same powerful DSP toolkit that EAW is known for in a small-format column enclosure, further cementing our mission in being a standout choice for AV integrators and installations.”
An infinite number of columns can be flown as mains or integrated with the larger Anna or Anya line arrays for endless coverage possibilities. Just like its other ADAPTive models, the AC6 is integrated with Dante redundant networking as well as analog redundancy capabilities making connecting and communication to each module streamlined and dependable.
UK - Void Acoustics enjoyed a busy ISE trade show and reports a positive response to the new Cyclone 4 – the latest compact, versatile addition to the Cyclone speaker series.
“Our expectations for ISE have most definitely been exceeded,” says Josh Pearce, EMEA sales manager for Void Acoustics. “We had designed an open and welcoming stand for us to re-connect with many of our existing customers – both from Europe and from further afield. And there was a constant stream of global customers and potential new customers coming onto the stand from as far afield as Mongolia, Israel, India, Central America and Africa. As well as the UK and all the main European countries. It was fantastic to be able to greet our global family and to see so many people face-to-face for the first time in a long while.”
The Void team reported constantly high footfall onto the stand throughout the four-day show.
The new Cyclone 4 speaker attracted considerable interest. “The reaction to the Cyclone 4 was very positive. In fact, people absolutely loved it. The feedback from our dealers, distributors and end users has been all about the sound quality of this compact speaker” says Josh. “People love how it looks and they told us in no uncertain terms they are excited to start specifying it on projects all around the world.”
In addition to the Cyclone 4, Void Acoustics was also showcasing the recently launched addition to the Venu range – the ultra-compact Venu 208 sub-woofer, as well as their newest Bias Q3 touring amplifier. These products were ably
UK - Collaborative Creations has announced three new appointments in key positions.
Nic Farman has joined the CC team as its new lighting designer & business development specialist. Farman was previously a freelance lighting designer and will now be continuing his lighting design work in theatres internationally, but under the CC banner.
Farman has more than 10 years of experience lighting musicals, theatre and opera. He has worked extensively in the UK’s West End, as well as on shows in Lebanon, Dubai, and Kuwait.
The appointment comes following two further additions to the team at Collaborative Creations in recent months. Chris West joined as training and education director in February, offering a wide range of in-person and e-learning training courses.
West’s previous role was Global Training Manager for disguise. He has also worked in training roles for MA Lighting, White Light, Martin and Avolites.
In December 2021, Collaborative Creations also appointed Tyler Holpin as business development specialist. Holpin’s previous role was sales manager at console manufacturer Zero 88
Collaborative Creations managing director Tom Wilkes comments, “We continue to add more strings to our bow with these three appointments. Nic, Chris and Tyler are all well-known faces in the industry who are at the very top of their game. They bring a huge amount of experience, a deep roster of contacts and a powerful set of skills to our clients and the industry at large.”
Australia - Now in its 12th year, Vivid Sydney will transform the Harbour City into an illuminating fusion of creativity, innovation and technology. From 27 May to 18 June, it will host more than 200+ events celebrating the essence of Sydney’s soul including its diversity, beauty, resilience, First Nations culture, and vibrant creative community.
Providing insightful access into what exactly goes on is TDC - Technical Direction Company, a team of project managers, creative technologists, designers and engineers. Alex Rendell, technical project manager at TDC, takes up the story: “After 12 months of planning, our team are so excited to be back working on Vivid Sydney again. The project is a huge logistical and technical rollout for us. It is going to be bigger and brighter than ever. Vivid Sydney will showcase the largest projection mapping display at any single event ever in Australia.”
TDC is illuminating buildings and performance stages with the latest technical advances in LED and projection design and mapping. The company provides backbone technology for signage systems for new immersive experiences on the Vivid Sydney Light Walk. TDC LiveView technology will be in action with over 72 real-time digital way finders. TDC LiveView will guide the audience through the Vivid Sydney Light Walk based on real-time information from traffic management, police and emergency services to ensure a great audience experience.
Newly-appointed Vivid Sydney festival director, Gill Minervini officially kicked off the technology delivery for Sydney’s signatur
Europe - HOF has announced Treti as a new distribution partner for Italy. Treti has more than 40 years of experience in live events, trade shows, theatres and the film industry, and disposes of a distribution and service network throughout Italy.
Daniele Melis, managing director at Treti, comments: “We always carefully research the products that we choose to distribute in order to ensure we fully satisfy our customer needs. Therefore, it came as a natural choice to add the HOF brand and their trussing portfolio to our range of products.”
Edwin Duivelaar, export & sales manager at HOF, adds: “We are delighted to enlarge our European footprint with a very well established and recognized partner for the Italian market and look forward to a very successful cooperation and partnership with Treti.”
France - The 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival is, for the first time, hosting a virtual production space powered by disguise - marking a new milestone in virtual production’s expansion into the European film and television industry.
Film and television group Film Soho, is partnering up with virtual production innovators disguise, ROE Visual, global video solutions provider CVP and content studio ZOAN to showcase a virtual production stage in the garden of the Grand Hotel in Cannes - hosting many of Cannes Festival’s A-list participants.
Visitors will step into a virtual production volume, powered by disguise and will become fully immersed into rich environments such as expansive city scapes and lush Icelandic country scenes - all designed in Unreal Engine and Notch. Visitors can drop by the space during the festival to receive demonstrations of the technology.
Powered by disguise’s extended reality (xR) workflow for virtual production, the stage is made possible with the support of LED technology from ROE Visual, camera tracking from Ncam with CVP supporting on-camera and tracking system curation.
“disguise is so excited to support Film Soho in bringing the vast possibilities of virtual production to the Cannes Film Festival and truly connecting with the innovative and disruptive qualities that both the festival, the international filmmaking community and disguise represents,” says disguise CEO, Fernando Küfer.
“disguise xR, combined with powerful graphics supported by Unreal Engine, empowers filmmakers to let t
USA - Lectrosonics has announced the introduction of the DSR and DSR5P dual-channel and DSR4 quad-channel digital slot receivers. The new receivers are compatible with all the current Lectrosonics mono and stereo digital transmitters and are backward compatible with any of the Digital Hybrid Wireless transmitters made in the past 20 years.
The DSR and DSR5P receivers provide two independent receiver channels and the DSR4 provides four independent receiver channels at the highest level of RF and audio performance available, with versatile feature sets and next-generation capabilities in the Unislot/Superslot form factor for ENG (Electronic News Gathering), field, and location production.
Both receivers are offered in several tuning ranges including A1B1 (470-614 MHz), B1C1 (537-692 MHz), 941 (941-960 MHz for use in North America) and 961 (961-1,015 MHz for use in the UK). Settings can be made from the front panels which feature high-resolution displays, making the units suitable for use in portable bag systems, mounted in or on cameras, and on sound carts.
An RF spectrum analyzer and SmartTune are built into the receivers to alleviate interference problems in an increasingly congested RF spectrum. The new receivers include a USB jack and data connection through the SuperSlot interface for compatibility with Lectrosonics Wireless Designer frequency coordination and system management software.
The DSR and DSR5P dual-channel units are exactly the same size and with the same screw mounting holes and rear connector as all Lectrosonics SR series pred
Italy - Prolights has released the Astra Hybrid420, an all-in-one hybrid moving head that serves as a bright beam fixture, a flat field spotlight or a wide wash projection.
The Astra Hybrid420 comes with a 420W long-life discharge lamp, enabling an immensely bright light output, aided by the Italian-designed optical system that boasts a zoom range from 2.4º to 40º. The internal homogenizer removes any hotspot in spot mode, turning the beam into an even, flat field projection.
The extensive feature set of the Astra Hybrid420 includes a linear CMY colour mixing system and three colour wheels with 15 dichroic filters. The new fixture produces sharp and high-contrast in-air effects, using a set of 18 static gobos plus nine interchangeable rotating gobos.
The Hybrid420 is also packed with an animation wheel, two overlapping prisms and a frost filter, allowing designers to unleash their imagination.
In addition to the traditional DMX/RDM control options, this fixture has Art-Net, sACN and Wireless DMX (CRMX and W-DMX).
UK - Pale Waves was formed in 2014 by lead singer and guitarist Heather Baron-Gracie and drummer Ciara Doran while they were at university in Manchester. The band was later joined by guitarist Hugo Silvani and bassist Charlie Wood, completing the lineup. Eight years later, the English indie rock band released their second album, Who Am I? in February this year, that peaked at number three on the UK Albums Chart.
Currently touring across five countries and with more US concerts coming up, Patchwork London is providing tour and production management services to the band, which includes two DiGiCo Quantum 225 consoles for FOH.
“Due to a massive increase in touring projects we support, we needed to invest in new, high quality consoles,” says Calum Mordue, touring director at Patchwork London. “The Q225s ticked all the right boxes. They’re next generation consoles, hugely powerful and relatively compact in size so can easily service both a tour bus and trailer tour or an arena tour.”
Despite having worked with Pale Waves’ management company and record label for a long time, this is the first tour Patchwork London has supported. “We decided on the Q225s because of their smaller footprint and massive feature set. The console is small enough to squeeze into Dublin Academy and not out of place in the Roundhouse,” explains Mordue.
The engineers on the UK leg of the tour were Calum, on monitors and Lee McMahon at Front of House.
“As we were going into a new campaign, Patchwork gave me the opportunity to scale up to the Qua
USA - Main Light has recently added Chauvet Professional’s Color STRIKE M LED strobe/wash luminaires to their offerings. These new units are already in stock in Main Light’s three shops in Wilmington, DE, Nashville and Las Vegas.
“We have taken delivery of a significant inventory of the Chauvet Color STRIKE M units across all three of our locations,” says Main Light CEO Randy Mullican. “This equipment decision is in line with Main Light's commitment to being aware of, and responsive to, the needs of the wider industry we support as a dry hire company. In fact, we have even more of the units on order as we are seeing a high demand for them from our clients.”
Chauvet’s Color STRIKE M, using RGB and white LEDs, is an IP65 rated motorised strobe/wash with two ultra-bright, white light tube elements surrounded by a colour-mixing and pixel-mappable face.
Among the features that are making the units popular in the industry, Mullican explains those which Main Light particularly took note of, “Our team really likes the IP65 rating of the Color STRIKE M units to protect from water and dust. Many of our customers have festival jobs and the IP65 rating is a great addition to this product type. Also, the dual row of the white LEDs for a strobe is another great feature of this product. We can see why demand is building for the units among our clients.”
Portugal - Teatro Garcia de Resende was recently renovated and selected ETC lighting solutions including ArcLamp luminaires, ArcMesh Drivers and an Echo control system to upgrade the space.
The theatre, which is recognised for its interior ‘Italian-style’ architectural beauty, was built in the 19th century and is a part of the European Route of Historic Theatres: a route around Europe which distinguishes the most beautiful, historic theatres that represent European cultural heritage.
The theatre’s technical director, António Rebocho, was in search of LED lighting to replace the existing tungsten lights in the building. He particularly wanted an LED solution which would not compromise the quality of the light or increase maintenance costs. After researching various options, António decided to go with ETC’s ArcLamp luminaires commenting that he had “never seen the room so beautiful - the new lights enhanced all the colours, especially the red tones”.
ETC dealer, NAN Audiovisuals installed 108 ArcLamp lights with Fade to Warm feature technology into the Teatro Garcia de Resende. The LED luminaires provide quality light, smooth dimming and up to 90% energy savings.
António Rebocho comments, “ArcLamp has improved the quality of light in the theatre whist simultaneously reducing the maintenance costs related to lamp replacements and energy consumption. Being able to control the lighting from the installed button stations and lighting desks was also a great improvement.”
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USA - The Church at Sterchi Hills is enhancing its mission with immersive worship experiences, delivered by Avolites and its fully integrated Synergy package. The growing ministry in Knoxville, TN has continually upgraded its A/V infrastructure since splitting off from Second Baptist Church in neighbouring Clinton, TN in 2019.
The church believes that effectively communicating a message begins with embracing new technologies to create a high-energy, highly engaging worship environment. For its latest growth project - building a new worship centre - the church turned to Andre Huff, a veteran lighting designer with national touring experience and also the architect of Second Baptist Church’s lighting system.
The Sterchi Hills team had a vision for converting its stage area’s back wall, 55 feet wide and 20 feet high, into a giant video surface. Realizing the possibilities, Huff immediately signed on to be lighting designer and to manage the control of this blank canvas. He had previous experience with the Avolites Ai media server and Avolites consoles on his last tour and recommended the technologies for controlling video outputs and lighting seamlessly in the new Sterchi Hills facility.
“The Avolites server with Synergy and Avolites consoles were the perfect fit for this installation project,” said Huff, who is also the founder and owner of Limelite Design Service, a lighting design, sales and consulting firm specializing in worship, live events and television. “Using a proper media server gives the church media department the video computin
UK - Celestion has announced the introduction of the CF1025BMB 10-inch (254mm) diameter ferrite magnet, cast aluminium chassis professional audio driver. Well-suited to both bass and mid-bass applications, the new CF1025BMB excels as a bass unit in compact subwoofer applications, says the manufacturer.
The Celestion CF1025BMB features a 2.5”/64mm multi-layer voice coil providing 300W (AES standard) power handling and 92.5 dB sensitivity with an output frequency range of 45Hz to 5000Hz. The elastomer surround enables a longer Xmax compared to a conventional 10” mid-bass speaker, allowing the CF1025BMB to better reproduce lower frequencies. This makes the driver ‘a natural solution for discreet, compact subwoofer applications’. However, it also performs very smoothly up to 2kHz, making the CF1025BMB an option for two-way designs with the added advantage of exceptional low frequency performance.
In addition to the extended low frequency performance, features include Celestion’s smart airflow vented magnet assembly for dynamic heat dispersion to minimise power compression during operation; and an optimised T-pole magnet assembly to maximise the stability of cone movement for enhanced Bl symmetry, hence lower distortion.
Developed at Celestion’s headquarters in Ipswich, England, this loudspeaker is designed using specialist in-house software deploying FEA (Finite Element Analysis) modelling techniques, enabling the Celestion engineering team rapidly to achieve genuine increases in performance, that translate into greater product longevity, a
UK - Stage Precision (SP), and technical business development specialist, Neutral Human, have announced a strategic partnership alongside the launch of Stage Precision to the wider market.
SP is an independent data and control platform that enables users to build complex control-systems and previsualise or pre-programme technological workflows for the global live events market.
“The industry’s creative technologists have adopted SP as part of their trusted workflows. It has enabled the high-end projects to develop with pioneering complexity, so now it’s time for the wider industry to discover such this ground-breaking tool,” says Neutral Human’s founder, Sarah Cox.
“What drew me to working with SP is the fact that the product is community-led. Its development comes from working alongside its userbase on real world challenges and finding solutions to those problems.”
SP keeps track of all position and control data around live events, broadcast, XR, VP, and installation projects, connecting devices between the digital and physical world through a unified 3D space.
“Essentially, it’s a user interface or a software that solves problems within interactive media installations and broadcast virtual production,” says SP managing director, Michael Giegerich, who also co-owns bright! studios.
It was while working under the auspices of bright! studios that the team identified the need for a specific 3D data management product while working at the coalface of visual design and technology for live events.
France - Christie is the official projection technology partner for the 75th Cannes Film Festival. The event, which runs 17-28 May, will see projectors from across Christie’s broad portfolio powering screens throughout all venues. The festival is set to welcome approximately 35,000 guests, a significant increase over last year’s 24,000. Christie will provide installation and show support for the occasion, as it celebrates its 16th year as technical partner.
“It is a tremendous honour to continue our association with Festival de Cannes, with its renowned prestige and rich history making it a truly unique celebration, year after year,” says Adil Zerouali, senior sales director, Cinema EMEA, Christie. “We will aim to showcase this year’s outstanding line-up of films in the most visually impactful way possible with our leading projection technology. It’s great to see that the festival has returned to its usual point in the calendar, and I’m excited to see it back in full force, with all the vibrancy, talent and creativity we’ve come to expect.”
Christie has supplied an array of both RGB pure laser projectors - which were successfully introduced in 2021 - and Xenon illuminated projectors to cater to the dedicated rooms and screen sizes throughout the festival. The RGB pure laser projectors include the Christie CP4440-RGB, CP4330-RGB, CP2315-RGB and CP2306-RGBe models - all of which are DCI-compliant.
The Christie CP4440-RGB, CP4330-RGB and CP2315-RGB models feature Christie Real|Laser illumination, which delivers outstanding colour an
UK - The Roadie Games will take place alongside this year’s Kartfest, charity Backup has announced. Described as a “fun-filled addition” to the main event, the Roadie Games will include tests of strength, endurance and industry skills such as a Socapex Tug of War, Radio Mic Challenge, Followspot Small Bore competition, and Lamp and Spoon race.
The Games will run alongside the annual industry karting day with drivers and non-drivers encouraged to enter. New entrants specifically for this event are also welcome.
Teams, companies and sponsors are invited to register their interest in taking part at firstname.lastname@example.org
USA - Last year, David Beebe became one of the first house LDs to add Chauvet Professional’s Maverick Force S Spot to his rig when he took shipment of six of the then-new 350W lightweight movers from JRLX at The Birchmere club, where he’s been looking after the lighting since 2004.
At the time, Beebe explained the move by saying he was expecting the new fixtures to add “another dimension” to his lightshows, allowing him to incorporate new looks to reflect the diverse mix of artists that take to The Birchmere’s stage. This April, he provided another example of how the fixtures have exceeded his expectations when he created a deeply evocative show that morphed from psychedelic to old school rock, to jazz looks.
This time, the show has an extra-special personal touch for Beebe, as the band he was lighting were the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, The Zombies. “I listened to them as a kid,” he said of the group from St. Albans UK. “They were always special.”
“I try to never to repeat looks throughout a show,” he said. “It bores me to be repetitive and I don’t want to bore the audience either. For the Zombies, I wanted some psychedelic looks which I got mainly using the video wall and some colour scrolling. The rest was straight rock and roll or ballad looks. I like to do darker looks with a lot of overhead lighting and many of the bands seem to like that as well. Keeps the light out of their eyes! I used the mirror ball on one song and lot of swirly stuff on the video wall.”
Beebe’s six Maverick Force S Spots contributed
Spain - The Auditorium de Palma de Mallorca is a multifunctional building that accommodates theatre, opera, ballet, musicals and concerts, welcoming around 100,000 total visitors annually to its large, 1,700-seater hall. Emulating its inspiration, the Royal Festival Hall in London, the hall is designed in such a way that the stage is optimally visible from all seats. The theatre’s latest investment is Cameo spotlights from the Zenit and Opus series for use in the hall, as well as for the exterior lighting of the building.
Four Zenit W600 outdoor LED wash lights are currently lighting the theatre’s main facade. Three further units are to be added in the future for the side facade. In the hall itself, 12 Zenit W600 wash lights (which feature interchangeable lenses) are used on the cyclorama screen at the rear of the stage. In addition, 16 Cameo Opus Spot Moving Heads are used to provide flexible stage lighting. The setup is completed by seven Cameo OPUS SP5 Profile Moving Heads, which provide the front lighting from a lighting bridge 30m away.
“The Cameo spotlights are becoming increasingly popular and often appear in riders,” confirms Marc Ferragut, director of the Auditorium de Palma de Mallorca. “We tested several models from different manufacturers in advance. Cameo is unbeatable in its class, including in terms of support from Cameo and the Adam Hall Group.”
The Auditorium de Palma de Mallorca is planning to invest in other Cameo solutions in the future, in particular in the F1 FC Fresnel spotlights. In addition, Cameo F2 FC, Opus W5