Earls Court & Olympia has announced that Jonathan Goold will be leaving Clarion Events, organisers of the PLASA Show, at the end of this year. Goold has spent 17 years with the events organising company at Earls Court & Olympia, more than nine of them as managing director. During his time at Earls Court & Olympia, Goold has been show director for a number of events, including The London Motor Show through the 1980s, before taking on the role of managing director in 1991, and overseeing the company's growth throughout the 1990s to its position as one of the UK's leading exhibition and event organisers.
Music Live 2000, the UK's largest public music-making show, returns to the NEC, Birmingham in November. The show, which runs from 17-19 November, is looking to attract over 25,000 music enthusiasts which brings together some of the most respected names in the business, including Marshall, Fender, Korg, Peavey, Yamaha and Akai.
Artistic Licence (UK) Ltd is now able to supply the full range of Tourflex Datasafe cable manufactured by AC Lighting Ltd. Tourflex Datasafe cables are engineered specifically to handle the requirements of DMX512 and the range includes single pair, twin pair and digital colour changer cable, all types are UL listed.
Soundcraft's successful Going Live programme of sound engineering seminars has debuted in Mexico. Hosted by local distributors Hermes Music in Mexico City and Metropoli in Guadalajara, the events were joined by Dave Kay of Adlib Audio who flew out from the UK to chair the panel of engineers who provided the tuition, accompanied by Ian Staddon of Soundcraft and engineer Geoff Lissaman. Nearly 200 people attended the events. The first USA Going Live course is due to take place in Nashville in November.
Surrey-based installation company, Audioplan, has recently taken delivery of a total of 21 PS-8 cabinets and seven LS-400 subs. Indeed, the demand for these loudspeakers has been so intense that the very first shipment to arrive at UK distributor, Fuzion, went straight out to Audioplan who installed them within 36 hours of arriving in the country. The first recipient of the PS-8 was St John's Church in Ealing who took delivery of four PS-8s and two PS-15s. Other interesting applications from Audioplan's initial delivery include a sale to Surrey-based BallRacing Developments who develop high-end motor sport simulators for PC and Playstation.
PCM's CM Lodestar Motor School training sessions have been scheduled for September 18th and 19th immediately after PLASA and also on 28th and 29th November. The two-day course, which will be held at PCM's HQ in Prenton, Wirral, has now been modified and streamlined to include an operational session on the use of the Lodestar Motor in addition to the usual hands-on assembly, disassembly and troubleshooting of the hoist. Once again, the event is broadened by trussing, ground support and metalwork specialists James Thomas Engineering, who will present a half day course on truss usage and its interaction with motors.
Design and installation specialist Sound and Visual Ltd has just completed what must be its most taxing contract to date - a portable conference system for the Inland Revenue. Based on the beyerdynamic MCS system, the system comprised a 15-delegate system that had to be fully flightcased with a simple wiring and connection regime for swift set-up at various meeting points around the country. One of the major problems of traditional systems that use a central loudspeaker is the potential for acoustic feedback. By incorporating the speakers into the delegate stations, all participants have a 'local' loudspeaker, keeping audio levels down and negating feedback problems.
Huntingdon-based NXT plc has been shortlisted for this year's £50,000 Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award for its SurfaceSound flat panel loudspeaker technology. Henry Azima, Martin Colloms and Neil Harris have spent five years perfecting the world's first diffuse flat-panel loudspeaker, the technology behind which is now being licensed to manufacturers around the world. The winner of the Award will be announced in November.
beyerdynamic is expanding its sales staff with the appointment of Simon Druce as sales manager responsible for MI product sales covering the north of England. He has had wide hands-on experience, working as a DJ for six years in clubs and pubs around the country before venturing into sales management in the retail sector looking after key accounts. Druce will be responsible for the full line of beyerdynamic's MI products as well as for introducing dB Technologies radio microphones, active speakers and IEM systems.
One of the UK's best known live music venues, the Leeds Town and Country Club, has closed its doors. Formerly the Coliseum, the 1,800-capacity venue first opened its doors in October 1992 and has since played host to many high-profile acts including INXS, Blur, Mark Knopfler and The Stone Roses. It's not clear what will become of the venue, but there have been suggestions that First Leisure plan to re-open it as a theme bar and nightclub. Live music is taking something of a bashing in Leeds at the moment. In March came the announcement that the Duchess, a stalwart of the national gig circuit, was closing. It has been confirmed this week that it will reopen as a Karen Millen fashion outlet.
Following over two successful years with Propergander, Anna Morgan has left to form new public relations company, Media Ink. Launched in June, Media Ink provides a comprehensive public relations service to the events industry. The company has moved into offices in Wembley overlooking the Arena, and will work with clients across the spectrum, from the rock 'n' roll arena to corporate clients.
Alfred Van Wyk, whose extensive experience includes time spent at both TOA and more recently Federal Signal, has been appointed the area sales manager for Philips CSI communications division. He will be covering the UK, Northern Ireland and Irish Republic, and will have responsibility for communications, public address and congress sales.
SSE Hire has been servicing Pearl Jam's sell-out European arena tour with a Nexo Alpha PA system. The company is providing all of the input and house side of the show, control, line system and a 36-stack Alpha system with delay hangs where necessary, processed by BSS Soundweb and ably mixed by Brett Eliason. Rat Sound are looking after the monitor side, Karrie Keyes mixing on a Yamaha PM4000 using Crest amplified, Rat wedges and fills. The tour is the fourth American production to be serviced by SSE this year and SSE personnel on the tour include Matt Field, Tom Wiggans and John Gibbon.
Artistic Licence has launched a new show control system. 'Common-Sense' provides a protocol interface that supports contact closures, switch matrices, analogue control voltage, real-time clock, MIDI, MIDI show control, Infrared, RS232, RS485 and of course DMX512. All of these interfaces are software-controlled in a self-contained wall-mount enclosure. The product is configured using a user-friendly graphic software package, Sense-Edit. Common-Sense has been nominated for the PLASA 2000 Best New Product Award.
An investigation has been launched following the news over the weekend that eight fans had been crushed to death at the Roskilde Festival in Copenhagen. Several others were also injured in the incident which occurred around midnight on Saturday when American rockers Pearl Jam were performing on stage. The front section of the 50,000-strong crowd slipped and the injured were trampled underfoot. Worryingly, the news reports covering the event have, in part, pointed the finger of blame at the sound system, claiming that the rear loudspeakers were not working thus forcing the audience forward. Oasis and the Pet Shop Boys both pulled out of the festival as a mark of respect for the dead, although other bands have chosen to play on. Technical investigations are being carried out and emergency support services have been set up on-site.
LMC Audio London has supplied the Rambert Dance Company with the UK's first Midas Heritage 1000 mixing console. Rambert, the UK's only large-scale contemporary dance repertory company, used the Heritage 1000 at the promenade performances at the new Sadler's Wells. David Kenning, Rambert's sound technician, said: "I am completely bowled over by the console - it's versatile, well laid out, the routing is incredibly easy and the automation is another worthwhile feature."
Phay MacMahon has been appointed managing director of Bandit Lites London and Bandit Lites Ireland which has recently relocated to new premises in Dublin. MacMahon has been a director of all Bandit companies since 1992 and remains such to this day. He is now directly in charge of operations for both European offices. In London, Jason Tang is the general manager and he reports directly to MacMahon on a daily basis. Bandit's new, larger premise in Dublin can now be found at Unit 10, Solus Tower Industrial Estate, Corke Abbey, Bray, County Dublin, Ireland.
Autograph Sales, UK distributor for the Conductor show control systems from Belgian compant Avenger, has announced the introduction of the Soundweb plug-in for the Conductor's Composer software. Developed in conjunction with BSS Audio, plug-in enables the Conductor to interface with BSS's programmable audio network products, and brings additional functionality to the Soundweb system by allowing the control of fades and cross-fades. The plug-in provides event-synchronised control of any variable-gain Soundweb parameter, such as Eq value, delay time or compression threshold.
Thommy Hall recently joined High End Systems as the Northeast sales representative for High End's soon-to-open New York office. Most recently Hall was the stage lighting director for the Maui Myth and Magic Theatre's production of 'Ulalena', which received the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Board's awards for Best Show, Best Attraction and Best Performing Arts presentation. Prior to that he was the sales manager for Hawaii Stage and Lighting.
Federal Signal has launched the Millbank Ultima II XK series of integrated public address amplifiers - the first Millbank product introduced since Federal's acquisition of the brand last year. The Ultima II range boasts a range of features not normally available in this price range, and are also very easy to install, with no internal adjustments or retro-fit options required. The amps feature six inputs, the first five 'universal', allowing the simple configuration of the signal priorities associated with each input. Each offers a balanced input, with a trim control to allow a wide variety of signal sources to be used.
Doulas Sound & Lights Production in Greece and Wang Keum Musical Instruments Co Ltd in South Korea have been appointed as distributors for the full range of Chameleon pro audio products. As well as serving the pro entertainment market, Doulas Sound also has a substantial and growing business in the public sector, especially in 'hidden' speakers for churches. Wang Keum Musical Instruments Co Ltd, based in Seoul, has already taken delivery of a complete Chameleon touring rig, and it is expected that Chameleon will now feature in many installations and concerts planned in the next 18 months. Both distributors will be carrying a full range of Chameleon products.
Following his epic 480km bicycle ride that incorporated visits to the scenic areas in the vicinity of Beijing - including the Great Wall of China - Lighting Technology Projects' Jonathan Hilton is now busy collecting in over £3000 worth of promised donations for Mencap. Within the sum is £1000 that was sanctioned by director Bruce Kirk on behalf of LTP. Organised by Mencap in the UK, the trip turned out to be a never-to-be-forgotten experience. "I can tell you quite categorically that Chinese bicycles do not have saddles," said Jonathan. "They have a multi-functional device which splits a person into two halves and also acts as a 'no anaesthetic' vasectomy." In his spare time, Hilton is Lighting Technology's product manager for searchlights and Light Pipe and was project manager for one of the company's latest major contracts, the Light Pipe installation on the Millennium Bridge.
Lighting designer and theatre consultant Richard Pilbrow will join the Broadway Lighting Master Class (BLMC) 2000 faculty from 6-10 December, 2000 in New York City. In his first BLMC appearance, the British-born designer will discuss the influence of European traditions on lighting design in the United States. Tony Award-winning lighting designer Jules Fisher will again head the BLMC 2000 faculty roster, which includes Donald Holder, Tony Award-winning LD of Disney's The Lion King, and Peggy Eisenhauer, Tony Award winner for Cabaret. BLMC is offering discounts for members of ESTA, PLASA, USITT, TEA, IATSE, CITT, ATHE and members of other theatrical education associations worldwide; schools sending two or more students or faculty members receive special prices.E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Adding to its continually-expanding range of dramatic lighting fixtures, the ultra-high-power Titan 7kW Xenon searchlight is now available from Lighting Technology. It is the latest unit in the architectural range from manufacturers Astralux, for which Lighting Technology is an exclusive distributor. Ideal for situations where organisers want to attract the attention of the general public, the Titan can send out a call-sign in the form of a dramatic shaft of light. It has a range of 1 lux at 24 kilometres.