UK - Chris Hale is working out of his garage in Ashford, Kent. Ritchie Reed is 180 miles away in Nottingham. Yet, both are coming together (virtually) every day to offer a valuable service to designers, programmers, event specialists, and integrators with their 30-minute Chauvet Online Demo Sessions.
Working in tandem, the two lighting professionals take a holistic approach to their educational sessions, which air daily at 10am BST, demonstrating fixtures in a way that reflects how they are actually used in real world applications. For example, rather than showcase one fixture in isolation, they will look at paired fixtures, such as the Maverick MK3 Profile and Maverick MK3 Wash; or Rogue Outcast Hybrid IP65 and Rogue Outcast Beam IP65.
“For us, it makes more sense to look at fixtures from the perspective of how they are going to work together in real life,” said Hale. “We want our session to be meaningful, not just abstract product presentations.”
The daily demos also offer a thorough 360-degree look at products. While Hale takes care of the actual product demos, Reed complements this material by providing photometrics, images and weblinks.
“Our goal is to do a full product demonstration, “said Reed. “We share everything that we can get our hands on, whether it’s acoustic reports or DMX layouts etc. We also like to show families of products. This has been a great way for us to stay engaged with our friends in the industry and hopefully provide them with information that will enhance their work in the future.”
Poland - The town of Tomaszów Lubelski in southeastern Poland is home to a new, modern sports and recreation centre. The complex includes a large swimming pool, smaller recreational pool, 60m slide, multiple exercise rooms and a café. When local pro-AV distributor, ESS Audio, was asked to design and deliver a complete full audio solution for the centre, they turned to LEA Professional for their audio amplification needs.
ESS Audio has been providing pro AV design, consultation, training and distribution services in Poland for 30 years.
“We have worked with the team at LEA Professional in different capacities over the years and knew the wealth of their experience,” said Maciej Baranski, system designer, ESS audio. “They were the perfect partner for this unique installation.”
This project features the addition of a new, six-zone, 100V audio system. So, the team decided to use the LEA Professional Connect 704, a professional-grade audio amplifier suited for small-to medium-scale installations, featuring three ways to connect.
Users can engage the built-in Wi-Fi access point, connect to a facility’s Wi-Fi, or use the fast ethernet to connect to any local area network via Cat5 or Cat6 cable. The Connect Series also features cloud connectivity allowing users to harness the power of the cloud for remote control, monitoring, and more from any personal device. Additionally, the Connect Series features HiZ and LoZ channel selectable analogue inputs, Dante inputs, and external I/O control for remote on/off and fault monitoring.
The Netherlands - Vivitek has introduced the DU4371Z-ST short throw laser projector. With a screen size of up to 278 inches and a brightness of 5,100 lumens with WUXGA resolution, this new device is suitable for almost all demanding applications and environments - from conference rooms, to universities, galleries and museums, says the company.
Vivitek's DU4371Z-ST laser projector is easy to use and offers flexible installation thanks to its 360 degree positioning options. Furthermore, thanks its 0.5 short-throw lens, the projector only needs a distance of two metres from the wall to achieve an impressive image size of 185 inches. At a distance of three metres, it can still deliver a razor-sharp projection with a diagonal image of 278 inches.
In addition to the brightness of 5,100 lumens, the integrated DLP DarkChip3 and BrilliantColor technologies ensure a ‘brilliant picture’. The advanced laser phosphor light source also always ensures optimal brightness and colour uniformity. With these qualities, the DU4371Z-ST is suitable not only for mapping projections, but also for everyday applications in educational institutions or private and public sector organisations.
The lamp-free design also ensures maintenance-free operation of up to 20,000 hours. Using the HDBaseT interface, the image signal can be conveniently transmitted to the projector over long distances by cable, and a standard Cat 5e / 6-LAN interface which has been integrated in the DU4371Z-ST for digital audio content.
This short throw projector is shipped from the factory with Cr
UK - With government guidance now emerging for the events industry, Showforce has partnered with industry safety specialist The Event Safety Shop (tess) to develop COVID-19 protocols and risk assessments specifically for the global crewing business.
The new working practices have been written in-conjunction with Showforce’s NEBOSH qualified health, safety and training manager, Laurence Jones and the highly experienced team at tess. They are designed to minimise the risk of infection and ensure the safety of Showforce’s crew, clients and fellow contractors in the working environment, wherever practicably possible.
The protocols and risk assessments consider travel to and from site, additional sanitisation procedures, dedicated welfare areas for crew, social distancing, temperature checks for all crew before commencing work and the development of work bubbles or buddies. All Showforce crew will undergo rigorous in-house training in the practises before arriving onsite and in line with Showforce’s existing exemplary safety record. The policies ensure that its’ crew are well trained and ready to work, along with an additional layer of support and assurance for clients.
Operations director, Chris Martelly comments: “As we emerge from lockdown and take tentative steps back to work, the safety of our crews, clients and fellow industry suppliers is paramount. Whilst this has always been the case, the ‘new normal’ requires considerations and policies dedicated to COVID-19 safe working practises. Partnering with a company of tess’ calibre an
USA - During the construction of The Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Centre at Auburn University, Alabama, Taylor Dyleski, director of production, was searching for a coms partner to deploy and install an intercom solution for the large indoor/outdoor space.
The Gogue found a dependable partner and the appropriate communications system with Pliant Technologies’ CrewCom wireless intercom system, as the manufacturer joined the project mid-construction and was able to provide a system that fit the theatre’s exact needs.
“With Pliant being a local manufacturer, they came down to the construction site and we walked around the bare-bones, concrete building, taking measurements and readings, to figure out how much product we would need to build a dependable, full-coverage coms system,” says Dyleski. “Not only does Pliant offer a solution that fits our current needs, they also set us up for future success with the ability to expand the system.”
Pliant’s CrewCom wireless intercom system for The Gogue consists of a CrewCom Control Unit (CCU) located in an AV room just outside of the theatre connected to two Radio Transceivers (RTs): one is located in a dressing room, which provides coverage for the entire backstage area, and the other is located in the catwalk above the seating area, which covers the front of house area as well as the theatre. The system also includes five four-volume Radio Packs (RPs).
“Finding a solid intercom solution to deploy in a theatre setting with its thick concrete walls can be very challenging,” explains
UAE - As Middle East businesses reopen offices, Sennheiser aims to enable organisations to deliver ‘seamless virtual collaboration experiences in a reliable, safe and hygienic manner’. The company’s offering centres around its TeamConnect Ceiling 2 solution which elevates web and video collaboration - making virtual meetings more effective by ensuring optimum audio quality for remote participants.
Because of the global pandemic, hygiene continues to be top of mind. TeamConnect Ceiling 2 enables touchless audio in meeting rooms - enabling employees to more easily maintain social distancing best practices while ensuring all participants experience clear and discernible communications. As it is ceiling mounted, the system does not require constant cleaning as table microphones would, and the fact that it reliably covers the entire room without the need for any re-adjustment allows for participants to sit at the recommended distance from each other.
"The importance of video conferencing and webinar solutions has increased massively during the coronavirus crisis, and so has the significance of touchless microphone systems like TeamConnect Ceiling 2," explained Mig Cardamone, director of sales and marketing at Sennheiser Middle East.
TeamConnect Ceiling 2 microphone is compatible with Zoom Video Communications, Inc.’s Zoom Meetings and is also certified for Microsoft Teams Rooms when deployed with Microsoft-certified DSPs.
With the Bose ES1 Ceiling Audio Solution, organisations can benefit from a bundle of the Sennheiser TeamConnect Ceiling
USA - Launching a national radio promotional tour in the midst of a pandemic is not an easy task, but rising country newcomer Elvie Shane is no stranger to hard work. With his blue collar upbringing and gospel-bred roots, the BBR Music Group/Wheelhouse Records recording artist recently released the ballad My Boy.
Bandit Lites is providing a lighting package for Shane’s virtual concerts which are being live streamed on radio stations around the country.
Lighting designer Keith Hoagland crafted a lighting design that would translate on camera and computer screens all the while matching the energy of soulful vocals, rollicking guitar tones and pounding beat.
Hoagland chose iWhite LED fixtures as the key lights due to their dual warm and cool colour temperatures. Color Chorus 48 units, with their lower power consumption and bright output were utilised. Six Par 200 fixtures backlight Elvie Shane and the band as well as supply key light for the musicians located within ISO recording booths off the main room. Nitro 510c units were chosen for their small footprint and nice output for the ISO booth back wall splash of colour.
“As usual, Bandit and their crews prep systems so well that when you go into a venue and start to change things, it is a simple flow of work action,” said Hoagland. “From (vice president) Mike Golden to (project manager) Donnie Lockridge, then the two great crew who swiftly unloaded and setup the system, it was a great day of work.”
UK - As part of today’s nationwide #WeMakeEvents initiative, Manchester will hold a socially-distanced march in order to draw attention to the numbers of people and their livelihoods affected by the government closure of the events industry.
Greater Manchester production and events industry companies and freelancers have come together to hold an event outside of London to support the campaign and show this is an issue across the UK. The Manchester music community is also pledging its support, with New Order, Doves, Mani and Blossoms helping raise awareness for the initiative and the march.
Blossoms said: “Our industry is in need of urgent action. Due to the Covid-19 crisis the whole music & live events sector has been devastated. So many skilled people are at risk of being lost to the whole industry if government support doesn’t come soon. Millions of talented people, including many people close to us, need help now. Please join together to support the campaign and call for the government to act now!”
Sacha Lord, night time economy adviser for Greater Manchester, said, "Freelancers and the self-employed are the forgotten workforce during Covid. Where other businesses have had access to Government support, those who work for themselves have been left behind. I personally know of many DJs, photographers, sound engineers and artists who were at the top of their industries pre-Covid and who have now been forced to give up their passions and who are now working in retail or construction just to make ends meet.
“I have been particular
UK - Today’s We Make Events day of action has already generated interest from some of the UK’s largest media outlets, helping to promote the wide-spread protest action taking place throughout the day.
At 7.45am, BBC Breakfast featured a segment on the planned event in London. The demonstration will see a boat sail down the Thames from the Westminster Pier, passing by key cultural landmarks including the National Theatre and the Tate, lit in red, whist socially-distanced crowds will line the river’s banks and lower a rope of lights to symbolise the ‘throwing of a line’ to an industry battling for survival.
BBC Breakfast’s arts correspondent Rebecca Jones said in her report on the event: “Those taking part say while livestreams, virtual festivals and some socially distanced events provide an alternative, they are not going to sustain an industry worth £100bn to the economy.”
Speaking on behalf of the organisers, Gary White, a technical director and technical production manager, explained the importance of further state support for the sector, which employs over one million event professionals.
Putting further pressure on the government to act, White said many high-profile artists are backing the campaign, including Peter Gabriel, The Cure, New Order, Doves, Captain Sensible, Frank Turner, Paloma Faith, Leona Lewis, Blossoms, Trevor Horn and more. Shown in the report, Peter Gabriel said: “If we want live events
UK - The ALD’s successful Lumiere Scheme, which has for the last five years created pathways for lighting practitioners to work as an assistant to established designers on a diverse range of new productions, has been reformatted in response to the current pandemic situation.
This year, a modified scheme entitled ALD Lumiere 20:20, will pair 20 emerging lighting practitioners with 20 lighting designers, representing a wide spectrum of work, for a series one-hour online conversations across the 10 weeks from mid-September.
ALD Lumiere 20:20 is an opportunity to gain direct access to a designer and to inspire creative conversations about the art, the craft, the life of live entertainment lighting.
Lumiere 20:20 will involve weekly mentor sessions between Lumière and lighting designer, each having different topics to consider as a starting point. Although this is a ‘virtual’ project, it is hoped that there will be some real professional relationships established through the scheme that may come to fruition when we all get back to work.
Chair of The ALD’s Lumière Working Group Charlotte Burton says, “Back in 2015 the Lumière Scheme changed my life and career pathway. With Lumiere 20:20 being a virtual scheme it allows us to open it up to more participants, and so we are actively encouraging applications from those currently under-represented in UK theatre or wish to return to the industry.”
One of the core values of the scheme is that The ALD do not just invest time in someone, but also invest money. Therefore, everyone invo
USA - Now in stock and shipping is Elation’s Artiste Mondrian LED profile FX luminaire is billed as ‘a high-impact lighting solution for any application requiring powerful beam looks, stunning air effects and superior colour’.
Filling out the top of Elation’s award-winning Artiste LED moving head series, the new Mondrian partners alongside and uses the same technology as the Artiste Monet and Artiste Rembrandt, including Elation’s seven-flag SpectraColor colour mixing system, and endless and continuous rotational framing system. The Artiste Mondrian is the brightest, full-featured LED Profile FX fixture Elation has produced to date.
“The Artiste Mondrian really has it all,” states Elation product manager Matthias Hinrichs. “Tight beams from its massive front lens, smooth washes with unprecedented light output and sharp images without ever compromising on its incredible projection performance. It’s a true all-in-one workhorse that outperforms any discharge fixture in the market without the usual drawbacks of distracting fan noise and rapid degradation of light quality. Its mid-air creative FX are phenomenal due to the beautiful SpectraColors and carefully designed gobo selection.
“It’s a truly stunning luminaire and a great finale to the Artiste range of products. Like its namesake, Piet Mondrian, this fixture will create iconic looks for lighting designers for many years to come.”
Optimised for extreme output and coverage, the Mondrian harnesses its long-throw power from an efficient 950W 6,500K White Hotspot LED engin
UK - Occupying around 14 acres of landscaped grounds known as the Armagh Astropark, and flanked by the Armagh Observatory, Armagh Planetarium, is presently undergoing a major multi-phased renovation as part of the Education Authority Northern Ireland.
Long-standing local AV technology integrators and suppliers, Rea Sound, are on a select supply list for the complex, and having successfully tendered, have been upgrading the facilities with an end-to-end Martin Audio solution; this began over a year ago as part of what will become an advanced, site-wide audio-visual upgrade.
The initial scope covers all spaces with the exception of the dome, which will be subject to a separate contract at a later stage.
Rea Sound project manager, Roger McMullan, confirmed that his company has carefully tailored Martin Audio systems - from O-Line micro line array down to the new Adorn series - in the reception area, café, exhibition area, meeting rooms, lecture theatres, breakout room and library, as part of a 16-zone design.
“The old system was 16 years old - it had reached end of life and was beyond repair,” he explained. “It was very clear from the word go that Martin Audio suited this because of the vast range of products in their catalogue. It met every single criteria.”
The flexible space known as the Copernicus Room offers three presentation screens, each 3.5m wide, offering 3D laser projected movies which explain the planet's relationship with science. “The space holds around 200 people and any or all three can be used in alternative set-
USA - Chauvet has doubled its capacity to serve customers in the west region of the US by opening a 35,000sq.ft satellite facility in Las Vegas. The new office-warehouse-service centre complex is twice the size of the company’s West Coast Burbank, CA satellite facility that it will be replacing as of now.
“Our investment in a new, larger and more technologically advanced facility reflects our commitment to this industry - and our belief in its future,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “Being in Vegas will enhance the level of service we’re able to offer our customers.”
Combined with the company’s global headquarters in Florida, the new Vegas operation gives Chauvet the capacity to ship to any point in the 48 contiguous United States within three days, maximum.
The Las Vegas facility will stock Chauvet Professional, Iluminarc, Chauvet DJ and ChamSys products. Modelled closely after the company’s East Coast operations, the satellite facility is actively recruiting and will host technical support, sales, demo/training programmes, quality control and shipping operations.
Although the Chauvet Las Vegas facility is new, it will be staffed by many familiar faces. General site manager Todd Bearden has made the move from California to Nevada, as have warehouse lead Mark Guzman, sales support specialist Elizabeth-Aye-Darko, and repair specialist Brandon Cooks. They will be joined by a professional local service, support and warehouse staff.
“The strength of any company begins with its people, so I am proud and gratified that
Germany - Berlin-based full service live event and technical production specialist TSE AG has been utilising the unexpected downtime of the pandemic in a number of constructive ways including professional development and launching a new exercise for all their trainee staff and apprentices called The Next.
This is designed to encourage their budding new talent in the fields of event management, production and organisation, lighting, visual, production and audio design to shine through.
The trainees themselves initiated the idea of setting up and creating a lighting, sound, and visual show environment for use as a series of dynamic live streams and recordings.
TSE’s available technologies had to be used inventively, and the set up was built in their warehouse in Berlin’s lively Neukölln area, for which the trainees used some of the large stock of Robe moving lights, including 14 Pointes, two MegaPointes and eight Spiiders.
The installation was in place for 10 days and utilised by a succession of local artists, bands and DJs who either livestreamed shows or recorded videos for later broadcast or use as promotional collateral.
All the current social distancing requirements and hygiene regulations were strictly implemented ensuring that it was a completely COVID-19 compliant space.
The whole project was imagined, planned, and realised by 13 TSE trainees and apprentices working alongside 20 technicians and coordinated by Marcel Kuch, supervising project manager for TSE AG and Henning Grunwald, trainee project manager for TS
Europe - DPA Microphones’ new 4097 Core Micro Shotgun microphone is being widely adapted into the television and film production world as a plant mic solution. Featuring the same sonic qualities as the brand’s supercardioid 4097 Core Choir Microphone, the compact 4097 Core Micro Shotgun has been optimised to pick up speech from a distance.
“We spoke with professional sound engineers to find out what they needed in their toolboxes and designed the 4097 Core Micro Shotgun as a plant mic solution to complement their other equipment,” says René Mørch, product manager, DPA Microphones. “Ideal for miking in small spaces, the 4097 Core Micro Shotgun has a small footprint and clear audio pickup.
“The sonic qualities of the 4097 Core Micro Shotgun are particularly beneficial for placing mics in inconspicuous locations as it enables location sound experts to capture sound from anywhere on set. Used in combination with our boom mics and lavaliers, the 4097 Micro Shotgun becomes the final piece of a complete microphone package to meet the needs of any TV or film production. Since the 4097 has the same sonic characteristics as all DPA mics, it is now easy to capture reliable, high-quality audio that doesn’t need dubbing or hours of mixing and post-production work.”
The 4097 Core Micro Shotgun was built to withstand harsh conditions, such as water, wind, dust, heat and cold, among other familiar filming challenges.
“A good plant mic, that is easy to set up, is very useful to have,” says film sound engineer Allan Holmberg, who played
Thailand - To elevate experiences of its meeting spaces, the Metropolitan Electricity Authority in Bangkok collaborated with Mahajak Development Co to install Harman Professional Solutions networked AV and lighting solutions.
Established in 1958, the Metropolitan Electricity Authority is a state-run electricity and power provider that services Bangkok, Nonthaburi, and Samut Prakan. The facilities span across three towers and include a convention centre, an auditorium, a food centre, nursing home, an exhibition hall and multiple office spaces. To commemorate the enterprise’s 61st anniversary, Metropolitan Electricity Authority hired Mahajak to install networked AV and lighting systems throughout the facilities.
“The client wanted sophisticated AV and lighting solutions to support their meeting rooms, offices and convention centres,” said Pongsakorn Kanchanachayphoom, director of project, Mahajak Development Co. “We selected end-to-end AMX systems, as they support a wide range of distribution formats and applications, regardless of the distance between source and destination. We chose Martin lighting fixtures for their ability to create stunning visual displays without causing glare.”
To enable digital voting during meetings, Mahajak equipped the MOC meeting room with an AMX networked AV system, which can be controlled using AMX NX series and MKP series control panels or an AMX TPC-iPad wireless control system. Sound is routed through a Soundcraft Signature Series mixing console and distributed to JBL Control series ceiling loudspeakers via
Canada - Scotiabank Arena sits in the heart of downtown Toronto, near the banks of Lake Ontario. A multipurpose arena hosting the NBA’s Toronto Raptors and NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs games, the venue took centre stage in the 2019 NBA Finals when the Raptors clinched the franchise’s first championship.
The Toronto community’s love of the Raptors was highlighted during that Finals not just by the fans in the building - but also those packing the public square right outside the venue. The Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) organisation provides a public area for fans to congregate during both home and away matches. The official name of the location is Maple Leaf Square - but when the Raptors play it transforms into the colloquially named ‘Jurassic Park’.
The location provides a nearly three-story-tall, high resolution LED wall for viewing games outdoors. And to ensure the 5,000 fans who pack the square can also hear the game, the arena relies on Renkus-Heinz’ ICLive X Series loudspeakers.
The ICLive X series is the culmination of over a decade of experience in steerable line arrays, and is the latest evolution of the medium-format, steerable line array in the Renkus-Heinz line. The ICLive X module can be arrayed up to 12 units tall in minutes, making it suitable for jobs of all sizes, including the largest of stadium installs.
“There were a number of critical demands to meet on this project,” said Bill Coons, director at Contact Distribution, who worked to bring the project to life. “The city had an absolute mandate t
USA - UK-based loudspeaker manufacturer PMC has announced that pro audio industry expert Ted White has joined PMC USA as director of operations/chief engineer.
PMC is currently heavily involved in the supporting immersive audio by partnering with Dolby and Universal Music Group to develop and promote the Dolby Atmos format for music mixing.
“We are very excited that Ted has joined the PMC team in such a pivotal and dynamic role,” says Maurice Patist, president PMC USA. “While he was with Live Nation Studios he was responsible for mixing iTunes live concerts in surround sound and he is also very familiar with PMC products, having used them many times in studios and for trade shows and events. He is well known in the industry and incredibly well respected.
“Having someone of Ted’s calibre in a hands on role spanning many different disciplines will be a great asset for PMC as we move forward. There are a number of major Atmos Music projects in our business pipeline and we are delighted that Ted is here to ensure they run smoothly and efficiently.”
Ted’s pro audio career has spanned many management roles encompassing marketing, technical sales and service for companies such as Solid State Logic and Harman. He has also accumulated experience on the user side of the industry, working as a composer, music producer, engineer and audio mixer for West Coast facilities such as Conway Recording Studios, Media Hyperium Studios, Studio Intonato and Live Nation Studios. He joins PMC from Focusrite Pro, where for the last two years he has held
USA - ClearOne has appointed AV industry expert, Craig Paller as senior director for sales development.
“ClearOne has always worked closely with partners to keep the sales organisation close to the pulse of the industry and providing that high-engagement our customers expect,” said ClearOne president and CEO Zee Hakimoglu. “Craig Paller fills a new position in our organization to engage even further with new verticals and new influencers– with the ClearOne mantra of approachability and support.”
Paller joins ClearOne with over 20-years of professional audio visual experience. He has held leadership positions with Harman Professional, Listen Technologies, and Shure, Inc., and most recently served as GM, Americas and global business development for Music Tribe.
“My background in sales, marketing and key customer development are crucial to expanding existing relationships while finding new areas of growth.” Paller states. “ClearOne has a great heritage, a wide portfolio and a fantastic solutions roadmap. I’m very excited to be part of this team, and I look forward to maximizing new opportunities for ClearOne.”
Pantos Postponed - Four of London’s biggest pantomimes have become the latest major productions to postpone their 2020 performances amid ongoing uncertainty from government about reopening.
The Hackney Empire’s annual show will not take place this year, neither will pantomimes at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East and the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, which will not be staging a pantomime for the first time in nearly 70 years. Last year, the four pantomimes attracted audiences of more than 145,000 and typically employ over 280 freelancers.
A joint statement from the four venues said: "The production process for such a large-scale show as panto would have begun at the start of August. Without an announced date from the government on when theatre performances can resume without social distancing, making a panto economically viable, these theatres have now had to take the hard decision to postpone to 2021."
High Notes - A new production of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years is to be staged at the open-air Minack Theatre in Cornwall. It will be directed by Omar F Okai and runs from 15-19 September. Okai said: “We need to start looking to the future of theatre and I am so happy to be directing and working with a brilliant team on creating a fresh new look at The Last Five Years and bringing it to the Minack Theatre. Live theatre will be back and this is the start.”
Minack director Zoë Curnow said: “We were really keen to have a musical in our amended 2020 programme and really look for
UK - On 11 August (Tuesday), the live events industry across the UK will come together in solidarity to host a series of protests to help save the live events and entertainment sector, which is on the verge of collapsing without financial support from the government.
Encouraged by the #WeMakeEvents and #LightItInRed campaigns, hundreds of venues are expected to light up red, along with other creative activities being staged in over 20 cities across the UK to symbolise the industry going into red alert, and a final call to action titled ‘throw us a line’ will be taking centre stage on London’s South Bank.
The capital’s finale will begin on a boat at 20:20, as it makes it way down the Thames - passing Royal Festival Hall, the National Theatre and the Tate, and more all illuminated in emergency red. As the boat reaches key locations, such as Westminster Bridge and Jubilee Bridge, hundreds of volunteers will symbolise the ‘throw us a line’ theme creatively.
The call to action hopes to raise awareness for over a million professionals at risk of losing their jobs, 600,000 of whom deliver outdoor events. With around 70% of the workforce being freelance, the imminent closure of the self-employed income support scheme at the end of the month threatens their livelihood.
Unlike other industries, events, festivals, and performances have been unable to safely reopen due to social distancing guidance and may not reopen until early 2021 – and opening times keep being pushed back. With no government support on the horizon for the event supply ch
USA - Recently wrapping up a multi-faceted renovation - its most significant project since 2013 - Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles now boasts an L-Acoustics K2 line source array sound system installed this summer, covering the stadium seating, and L-Acoustics A15i and X8 speakers covering the new Centerfield Plaza and existing Outfield Pavilion areas.
Constructed in 1962, Dodger Stadium harkens back to an era when ballparks were designed and built solely to host baseball games. As many of these original venues have been replaced with new-build stadiums that are intended from the drawing board to be multi-use spaces for concerts, special events and other mass gatherings, Dodger Stadium remains one of the few ballparks to retain its original architecture and feel.
With the addition of an L-Acoustics K2 system, Dodger Stadium keeps its original look, while updating its feel with a modern, powerful sound system capable of handling any event. The installation marks the first MLB project for L-Acoustics and one of the most important installations of the manufacturer’s systems in the global sports market.
“Our goal was to have a state-of-the-art sound system at the stadium,” says Derek O’Hara, director, planning & development for the Los Angeles Dodgers. “Dodger Stadium is designed the way ballparks were at the time it was built, with point-source sound systems that need to throw long distances. We wanted to modernise the stadium’s sound, allowing it to host many different types of events besides baseball, while keeping the park’s architec
Canada - Broadweigh is once again the load monitoring system of choice for City Folk Festival 2020. The event is currently scheduled to take place on The Great Lawn at Landsdowne Park in Ottawa between the 17-20 September, but the situation is being evaluated in line with the continuing COVID-19 crisis.
This multi-day celebration of music, dance and community, features an eclectic mix of musical performances on various stages. Over the years, the event has played host to the likes of Robert Plant, Hozier, David Byrne, Jack Johnson, Van Morrison and Lorde and also features an offshoot event called Marvest – free concerts featuring emerging talent, held in local businesses.
Paradigm Rigging has worked on the event since 2018 and Michael Sorowka, MD of Paradigm explains: “I was brought on board by Scott Pollard, technical director with City Folk Festival. We’ve worked together on various projects since 2012. For City Folk we’ve been contracted to provide load monitoring on all hung points within the festival, between the Stageline main stage as well as a B Stage inside Aberdeen Pavilion (a historical exposition hall adjacent to the main stage). Windspeed monitoring has also been requested on the outdoor main stage to allow continuous read outs inside the production office located directly behind the main stage.”
Sorowka continues: “Outdoor stages always pose a heightened risk towards high winds. The biggest challenge is that, as with any outdoor festival, there are many moving parts to co-ordinate, including making sure weights hung within
USA - Meyer Sound’s Summer Webinar Programme wrapped with a final Festival Friday roundtable session featuring the decades-long sonic explorations of Meyer Sound with the Grateful Dead and their related bands. The roundtable included special guest Derek Featherstone, UltraSound CEO and FOH mixing engineer for Dead and Company, Meyer Sound president & CEO John Meyer, and Bob McCarthy, Meyer Sound director of system optimization.
The Friday, 7 August webinar explored the long strange trip with the Grateful Dead going back to the infamous ‘Wall of Sound’ days, and the related iterations of the band since the passing of founding member and lead guitarist Jerry Garcia 25 years ago.
“The Grateful Dead were live sound pioneers and John Meyer’s involvement goes back to the Wall of Sound era, even before Meyer Sound was formed,” says McCarthy. “The Dead and the dedicated engineers at UltraSound provided a continuous living lab for us and we pushed the boundaries together, leading to many innovations. The Dead and UltraSound are very much part of our DNA.”
The Grateful Dead toured with Meyer Sound for many years. After band leader Jerry Garcia’s passing in 1995, the various iterations of the founding members, including Dead and Company, also tour with Meyer Sound systems.
This special Meyer Sound roundtable concluded the summer webinar season. “We launched our daily webinar programme in March and now have a robust catalogue of more than 75 webinars archived on our YouTube page and website,” says Meyer Sound senior technical sup