londonChamSys powers Central London NYE show
Tuesday, 11 January 2022

UK - The London New Year’s Eve fireworks display has attracted millions to the city every 31 December. Although safety protocols restricted crowds in London on the eve of 2022, the celebration was as popular as ever, garnering its customary huge audience of BBC viewers (see LSi January 2022, coming soon, for more on the London's NYE display).
Developed by Jack Morton, the global brand experience agency, working in partnership with the Mayor of London’s office, the celebration features an impressive 13-minute firework display, kicked off by the ringing of Big Ben’s bell, and a Durham Marenghi lighting design that covered the entire downtown.
Since it spanned such a wide area, the NYE lighting was divided into two sections: Central London and the Old Royal Naval College. Associate designer Paul Cook, ran the lighting in the first section, which included the Globe Theatre and St. Paul’s.
Cook used his ChamSys MagicQ MQ500 console to run the 12-universe show at the Globe Theatre and an MQ80 for the 8-universe St. Paul’s rig. Both featured an array of dazzling looks, such as when St. Paul’s famous dome was immersed in stunning web of lasers by ER Productions’ Mark Payne. Each of these visuals was precisely timed to flow seamlessly with the TV broadcast, no small feat, but accomplished smoothly, thanks in part to some adroit programming skills.
The entire light show for the evening was pre-programmed and visualized on WYSIWYG and Depence2 to create a smooth workflow with no surprises for the client and the BBC, as there were

martinaudioopendays-9900000000079e3cMartin Audio confirms 2022 open days
Tuesday, 11 January 2022

UK - Martin Audio has confirmed its first series of open days for the new year. Following the success of the open days in September 2021 the High Wycombe company will hold two product demos at its HQ on 8 and 9 March.
Operating under COVID safety conditions, the event kicks off on 8 March, with two-hour presentations at 9.30am and 2.00pm, and will repeat this programme on the following day.
Visitors can expect to hear demonstrations of the LE and XE stage monitors, point source loudspeakers from BlacklineX and BlacklineX Powered ranges, the Torus constant curvature array and a selection of optimised line arrays from the Wavefront Precision series.
In addition, attendees will be able to become better acquainted with Focusrite Pro and Optimal Audio, sister brands within the wider Focusrite Group.

 
 
ibizaIbiza Classics keeps on giving
Tuesday, 11 January 2022

UK - Ibiza Classics, the collaboration between DJ superstar Pete Tong and music conductor Jules Buckley leading the Heritage Orchestra in the run up to Christmas returned to the UK arena circuit this year.
“It’s the show that keeps on giving,” says tour director Paddy Hocken. “In terms of production we regularly refresh the design, as do Pete and Jules, with the set list each year. There are nine new songs in the current tour for example, that’s what keeps it fresh and is why people come back time and time again. Because of the gap since 2019 when we completed the last full tour, lighting and video have received special attention, with both providing a big contribution to the show’s energy.”
That enforced 20-month hiatus has impacted the production in other significant ways as Hocken explains: “It’s been a mixed bag putting this together for me and Joel Stanley, our production manager. Because this show tours every year and is so bankable, the regular crew personnel tend to block out their diaries anyway. So in terms of assembling the touring we’ve done really well.”
“It’s been the same with suppliers, Skan PA Hire with the audio - a d&b GSL system for the complete musical reach this presentation demands; Neg Earth with the lighting gear - a mix of Robe, Chroma-Q, SGM and Martin fixtures. That was something ‘Squib’ (Chris Swain) at Cassius Creative was particularly pleased to see.
Video Design provided not only a 20-camera HD PPU system for the IMAG with Barco projectors, but also a Roe Visual CB5 LED screen

 
space-needle4Space Needle relaunched with Martin Pro
Tuesday, 11 January 2022

USA - To provide the Seattle Space Needle with a versatile and modern outdoor lighting system, installation specialists LVH Entertainment Systems and lighting designer Erik Crowell with Niteo deployed Martin Professional Exterior Projection 500 and 1000 fixtures.
Built in 1962 and inspired by the Space Age, the Space Needle is a staple of the Seattle skyline known for its stunning views from the flying saucer-like observation deck. In 2017, the Space Needle announced an ambitious multi-year renovation project that aimed to modernize the visitor experience while also honouring the tower’s history. As a homage to the original concept art from the 1960s, the Space Needle now features a floor-to-ceiling glass interior and expanded glass panels on the upper-level observation deck, which provide enhanced and uninhibited views of Seattle and the Puget Sound.
However, the tower’s long-time outdoor lighting fixtures, which illuminate the Space Needle nightly, created excessive glare through the all-new revolving glass floor. The Space Needle requested a new, more versatile system that still provided the same iconic lighting for the landmark but also reduced glare and shadows cast through the glass floor for night-time visitors. To meet these requirements, LVH Entertainment Systems, in partnership with Niteo, installed an innovative system featuring Martin Exterior Projection 500 and 1000 fixtures that debuted on New Year’s Eve 2021.
“Early in the process for the top hat design renovations, we flagged to the team that by putting in a glass floor and

 
 
sssSSS invests in EM Acoustics R Series
Tuesday, 11 January 2022

UK - Cardiff-based Stage Sound Services is today one of the leading suppliers for the theatre and events industries in the UK and internationally. The company is also the single largest stockist of EM Acoustics equipment with well over 1000 pieces in their rental inventory.
SSS has recently bolstered that inventory still further with the addition of six R10s and 10 R8s from EM Acoustics’ flagship Reference Series range. The purchase also represents the first Reference Series delivery to a rental company.
R10 was recently honoured with a PLASA Innovation Award where the judges commended its controllable, adjustable low-mid dispersion, adding that the inclusion of the different high-medium frequency flares increases the flexibility for a touring show and is a feature that has not been seen before in a speaker of this type.
“We’re very pleased to take delivery of some of the first pieces of R10 and R8, especially as we were involved in the beta-testing of the R10,” remarks Phil Hurley, owner of Stage Sound Services. “We’ve always supported EM Acoustics – they’re a British company that makes consistently good products, which explains why we have a lot of their gear in our inventory.
“When they approached us to beta-test the R10, we were very pleased to do it. I’ve always had the greatest respect for Ed’s design talents and we could see that they’d come up with something a bit special with the R10. Having tested it quite extensively on Ghost Stories in the West End where the sound designer, Nick Manning was very impre

 
clfposeidonwashxldetail1CLF expands Poseidon series with Wash XL
Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Europe - CLF has expanded the Poseidon series, designed specifically for outdoor use, with a wash luminaire. The Wash XL joins the Hybrid and Beam and is in line with CLF Lighting's focus on IP65.
The Poseidon Wash XL is a powerful and versatile IP65 rated wash fixture, offering smooth projections, intense beams and eye-candy effects. Powered by 19 individually controllable RGBW LEDs, the fixture comes with a wide zoom, ranging from 4.5° to 60°. Protected against moisture and dirt, Poseidon Wash XL is suitable for most indoor or outdoor applications.
Some innovative features have been implemented to complement the existing wash characteristics. The rotatable front lens provides kaleidoscopic effects and an extra RGB LED ring can be used for stunning visual effects. All LEDs can be controlled manually, but the on-board macro engine can also be used to create complex effects easily. Use the beam mode for razor-sharp, pixelated beam effects.
The elegantly shaped housing is equipped with special motors that enable fast and precise pan and tilt movements. Additionally, the sophisticated body eliminates dust in the optical path and is easy to service. A bright LCD display provides easy access to on-board settings, even in sunny environments.

 
 
nieuwe-hondenHighlite supports Nieuwe Honden 2021
Tuesday, 11 January 2022

The Netherlands - The Theatre of Vista College in Heerlen hosted the eleventh edition of Nieuwe Honden. The student-run production featured a plethora of lighting fixtures, consoles and accessories, and LED Screens from Infinity, Showtec, and DMT.
Nieuwe Honden 2021 was the biggest production of the year for the Arts, Theatre, and Media Department of Vista College. The previous year’s production of Nieuwe Honden was live-streamed as an alternative to hosting a live audience due to coronavirus restrictions. However, this year’s edition, which ran from 9-11 November, returned to welcome sold-out attendances.
An important theme of the Nieuwe Honden production was collaboration, meaning everyone was dependent on one another and had to communicate effectively. This theme was not only limited to the Art, Theatre and Media courses at Vista College, but also various other participating courses such as Hospitality, Enforcement, and Supervision and Safety.
Accompanying the drama and pop music performances was a student choreographed and operated light show. Vista College’s theatre permanently houses an impressive array of Infinity and Showtec equipment, while Highlite sponsored some additional fixtures to complement the existing setup.
“Highlite has enjoyed a warm relationship with Vista College and has been involved in some capacity over the last few years with their Nieuwe Honden production. Instructor Wesley Houben is a regular at Highlite, and we’ve worked with him closely on this edition, as well as previous iterations of th

 
edelmatedelmat becomes Sixty82 reseller for Germany
Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Germany - Sixty82 has confirmed Berlin-based edelmat. as its newest reseller for Germany.
Edelmat. services include consultation, conception, implementation, as well as service, for rental and installation projects in the field of event technology. It is here that the human being is in the foreground, and edelmat.’s well-trained specialists maintain consistent contact with each and every client to develop budget-oriented and individual solutions.
Sixty82 and edelmat. have very similar values and goals, and the cooperation between the two companies has proved promising. “At edelmat. we connect people through conception and technology,” says edelmat.’s Ayke Bröcker. “The innovative solutions of the Sixty82 brand fits perfectly into our portfolio and our joint work is successful and fun. It is partly for these reasons we chose to become a reseller for Sixty82.”
Edelmat. will offer the full product portfolio from Sixty82. “We find Sixty82 products durable and innovative, which in turn helps us create inventive solutions for our customers in the rental and installation business,” confirms Bröcker.
Edelmat. has completely converted its rental park with products from Sixty82 and, as a sales partner with its own stock, can provide its customers with comprehensive assistance in the rental and installation business at short notice.
Edelmat. has already participated jointly as exhibitors with Sixty82 at Future of Festivals, the trade fair for the festival industry, with great success. “Personal customer contact is very import

 
 
magicgoeswrongAyrton Diablo lights Magic Goes Wrong
Tuesday, 11 January 2022

UK - “For Mischief’s Magic Goes Wrong, it is the show that is comedy chaos on stage,” opens its lighting designer, David Howe. “It must never be the lights that go wrong!”
Co-written by Mischief and international magicians, Penn and Teller, Magic Goes Wrong, first opened at London’s Vaudeville Theatre in 2019 before touring the UK since July ‘21. A West End version returned to London in October with a relaunch at the Apollo Theatre that will run until February. The comedy play is presented as a fundraiser and features a string of inept magicians doing their best acts to raise money for “disasters in magic”. The result is a fast-paced variety show with high production values and great audience interaction.
David Howe has been involved in the production since 2018. “The show is a deliberate overly theatrical comedy; a colourful, glitzy event that accentuates the comedic mishaps of the characters. From a lighting perspective, in addition to giving shape and support to the actors and essential magic lighting, I have many different scenic elements to work with from deep rich velvet house tabs, multi slash curtains and, to quote the opening introduction, ‘a quantity of glitter than some may find offensive.’ The writers are constantly evolving the play at each incarnation and so I am able to look and refresh my design and fixture choices for each production.”
Howe originally designed the production with other lighting fixtures before he was introduced to Ayrton products. “It was White Light that suggested I consi

 
ccBluesound adds North American sales manager
Tuesday, 11 January 2022

USA - Bluesound Professional has appointed Craig Cooper as its North American sales manager.
Reporting to Graeme Harrison, vice president and general manager of Bluesound Professional, Cooper’s primary responsibility will be to facilitate sales growth in the North American market, working with reps, system integrators, consultants and end customers.
Cooper previously held executive positions at companies like Analog Way (AV manufacturer), Bormann Marketing (pro audio manufacturer) and Pinnacle Entertainment (end user). During his most recent role as regional sales manager for Analog Way, Cooper established a strong presence for the AV manufacturing company in the Midwest Region through initiating and expanding relationships with key stakeholders and influencers.
Graeme Harrison comments: “I’m very pleased to welcome Cooper to our Bluesound Professional team. His appointment will allow us to focus more attention on our North American customers. Our sales have been increasing steadily throughout 2021 in North America and we are optimistic that having Craig on our team will further increase this trend in 2022 and beyond. Cooper has experience as an end user, a rep and working for a manufacturer, and therefore uniquely equipped to understand the needs of our customers.”

 
 
will-toddArea Four Industries promotes Will Todd
Tuesday, 11 January 2022

USA - Area Four Industries has announced Will Todd as the new president and CEO of Tomcat US and Area Four Industries America. Todd has been with the Tomcat brand for more than 20 years, working through various departments. He began in sales covering the central region of the US, then moved to project manager, followed by product support supervisor, then design manager, then COO and now president/CEO.
“The best part about Tomcat is the relationships we forge in the industry and within our own building,” says Todd. “We strive to create relationships that are more than partnerships with our customers. If our customers are successful, then we are in turn. Within our building, we all work together towards our goals. The goals for the company are shared within the building, everyone provides ideas and input to help us all reach those goals.”
He adds: “The wide variety of products under the Area Four umbrella really puts Area Four in a great position to give customers the most options when it comes to covering their needs. Continued growth of the brands is the main goal.”

 
chameleonChameleon Entec UVC SafeClean saves the day
Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Austria - The experience of Chameleon Event Production’s personnel, combined with the advanced pathogen eradication tools from sister company Entec UVC SafeClean, twice saved the day, and enabled a fashion-based sales meeting from one of their most loyal and long serving clients to go ahead - in spite of COVID lockdown.
Having worked with global sports and fashion headwear specialists, New Era, since 2014, they were booked to stage an interactive sales meeting for their sales force at the Hilton on the Danube in Vienna, and had done 90% of the prep when Austria announced its lockdown on 19 November 2021.
Chameleon production manager, Sam Parkins, explained how the flexibility of his team, coupled with the trust invested by the client, resulted in the production house reconfiguring its studio in Milton Keynes and staging the event virtually, in a simulated COVID-secure environment.
The event was to have been one of four staged each year for New Era. And while it was set to have been a lavish live show featuring full room projection mapping and turnkey production, Chameleon have been well accustomed to producing filmed events for streaming and content delivery, since the first lockdown.
“We were two days away from having the carnet ready to go,” he explains. “All technical CADs were developed, signed off and all the custom scenic had been created ready to be trucked.
“Immediately we got wind of the situation I spoke to my client and we agreed the only way to get the job delivered was to consider what would be needed for a st

 
 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Overwhelming Loss - Bring It On the Musical has cancelled its planned UK tour dates after suffering an "overwhelming loss of income" due to omicron disruption. The show was forced to cancel 13 performances during its six-week run at the Southbank Centre in London due to self-isolation requirements, losing hundreds of thousands of pounds, producers said. It continues at the Queen Elizabeth Hall until 22 January, however producer Selladoor Worldwide has now announced that the touring dates that followed will not go ahead. It had been due to visit locations across the UK until 30 July.
A statement from Selladoor said: "Cancelling 13 performances has resulted in an overwhelming loss of income for the production during a peak period that would otherwise have provided a vital financial backbone of the tour. This lost income, amounting to hundreds of thousands of pounds, has sadly rendered the remainder of the tour financially unsustainable. It would be irresponsible for us to continue, and we therefore have no option but to cancel the remainder of the tour."
Hard Times - Welsh arts organisations have warned of further income losses and threats to their recovery, as the government confirms heightened Covid-19 restrictions will continue. At present, theatres and cinemas in Wales have capacity limits of 200 people and social distancing must be in place between groups. These measures have been in place since 26 December, and will now remain for at least another week because of the continuing rise in omicron cases.
Big Night Out - The Nat

 
crf-emergency-social-banner-rectanglePLASA schedules Cultural Recovery Fund webinar
Monday, 10 January 2022

UK - PLASA will run a free webinar on the Culture Recovery Fund Emergency Resource Support Fund Round 2 to help prospective candidates plan and submit a strong application ahead of deadline.
Taking place on Tuesday, 11 January, from 10am-12pm, the webinar will be hosted by Caroline Taylor and Vanessa Rawlings-Jackson, both experienced funding specialists with a proved track record of helping to secure millions in Arts Council funding, including rounds 1 and 2 of the Culture Recovery Fund.
Those who join the virtual event will learn who can apply, what Arts Council is looking for in a good application, and other key information. The webinar will conclude with a Q&A session.
“Whether you are unsure of your eligibility or are already putting together an application, don't miss out on this valuable opportunity,” says PLASA.
To register for this webinar, visit this link.
The Permission to Apply deadline to the Arts Council is at 12pm on 18 January.

 
 
greeceSoundscape under the stars at Odeon of Herodes
Monday, 10 January 2022

Greece - A 360° d&b Soundscape system was deployed at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus amphitheatre in Greece for the first-ever, joint live performance of producer and artist, Brian Eno and his brother, pianist and composer Roger Eno.
Brian Eno’s reputation as a musician, and producer for the likes of David Bowie, U2 and Talking Heads, precedes him as well as his long career as a pioneering solo artist, especially in the field of ambient music. He recently collaborated with his brother, Roger Eno, a solo recording artist and film and TV music composer and released their first ever joint album Mixing Colours, a project that spawned this live show.
Their first live performance as a duo took place in open-air performance space, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, a renovated stone amphitheatre originally constructed in the year 161 AD.
“Due to the age and size of the amphitheatre, I thought that it would be a real challenge to analyse how the sound spreads in the space, and how we would manage coverage and reflections,” commented Chris Hamilton, front of house engineer. “Luckily, because it's such a historic venue there has been a lot of studies done on it and someone had previously conducted a full audio study for the space, so we had great audio info to work with.”
Hamilton had previously been introduced to Soundscape by Massimo Carli of BH Audio and suggested to use it to achieve power and clarity for this challenging outdoor venue and make this historic musical moment an unforgettable experience for the audience.
“I sp

 
xytechlogoXytech acquired by private equity firm
Monday, 10 January 2022

USA - Xytech, provider of facility management software for the broadcast and media industries, has been purchased by San Francisco-based Banneker Partners, a software-focused private equity firm.
Xytech says customers can expect a seamless transition and the company will update its customers and partner in the coming days.
Xytech CEO Richard Gallagher comments: “When I created Xytech, my primary goal was to bring facility management into the next generation to help media facilities - both large and small - be more efficient and productive. For more than three decades, this has been Xytech’s focus, and we are proud of what we have accomplished. Banneker, with its investment focus on software solutions aimed at specific verticals and willingness to invest to scale operational delivery, product innovation and sales and marketing, is the perfect partner for Xytech’s next stage of growth.”
“We see this as a strategic investment to accelerate Xytech's ability to enhance their solution offering and operational delivery capabilities in this key market segment," adds Kenneth Frank, partner at Banneker Partners. "We look forward to working alongside Richard and the rest of the management team to strengthen the company’s customer penetration and market reach.”

 
 
digicomnorch4Triple DiGiCo installation at Orchestra Hall
Monday, 10 January 2022

USA - Orchestra Hall, home to the Minnesota Orchestra, is a landmark both without and within. Its modernist architectural design and expansive glass façade are intended to symbolically present classical music as more widely accessible. Inside, it’s an acoustical dreamworld: 114 large cubes, forming a symmetrical “falling rock” pattern on the auditorium’s ceiling and the stage’s back wall, act, along with the three balconies above and along the sides of the main floor, as a massive diffusion system. The result is an aural experience for the 2,089 patrons seated inside.
That experience has been enhanced with the installation over last August and September of a suite of DiGiCo systems, creating a renewed audio infrastructure for the venue and its ensemble, who were named the Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2021 Orchestra of the Year. This includes a Quantum338 as the front-of-house console, an SD12 96 used as the console for mixing orchestral and other performances for Minnesota Public Radio’s broadcasts, and an SD11i as an auxiliary mixer able to be deployed as needed.
The consoles are supported by three SD-Racks found at stage left, stage right and broadcast, plus two SD-MiNi Racks, one of which is located in the concert hall’s attic where it’s used to mix the hanging audience microphones. Together the SD-Racks make 32-bit mic preamps available virtually anywhere in the venue. A DiGiCo 4REA4 processor is used to distribute audio throughout the entire facility to as many as four customizable event spaces such as the lobby.
Further,

 
sundownChauvet on song at Sundown Festival
Monday, 10 January 2022

UK - A spirited drum and bass performance by BRIT Award winners Rudimental marked the official end of this year’s Sundown Festival, but the buzz created by the three-day event at Norfolk Showground lasted far longer with inventive pictures and ebullient comments flooding social media. The euphoria was easy to understand, given that music fans were starved for live festival experience following the 2020 pandemic lockdown.
Sundown Festival 2021 delivered all they were looking for, serving up three days of ‘colourful costumes, raucous fun and performances by more than 65 different acts, all in a safe environment’. Providing a colourful visual setting for this welcomed experience was a lighting and production design by Bigabox Productions that featured a broad mix of Chauvet Professional fixtures on three of the festival’s four stages.
Selected from Bigabox’s own inventory, the fixtures were chosen to provide the maximum level of flexibility to accommodate the personalities and styles of the various bands and lighting designers who contributed to the Sundown experience. Prominent in the mix of luminaires were the Maverick MK1 Hybrid, Maverick MK2 Wash, Maverick MK Pyxis, Rogue Outcast 1 Hybrid, Rogue, Rogue R3 Beam, and STRIKE 4.
“There was huge anticipation for the event this year in light of the lifting of Covid restrictions, and we were determined to provide a fantastic visual show for the guests,” said production manager Dean Graves of Bigabox. “Our selection of Chauvet Professional fixtures provided us with a variety of multipurpo

 
 
ahs4Fulcrum hosts AHS Series webinar
Monday, 10 January 2022

USA - Fulcrum Acoustic will host a webinar led by company president Stephen Siegel and product developer Rich Frembes on Fulcrum's new AHS Series of steerable large format array modules.
The webinar will take place on YouTube Live on Wednesday, 12 January at 10:00 AM EST/15:00 UTC and will be available on Fulcrum Acoustic's YouTube channel afterwards. Siegel and Frembes will be discussing the attributes, technologies, and applications of the AHS Series.
The AHS Series is a modular, scalable system targeted at applications where very high output and precise pattern control are required. Fulcrum Acoustic's TQ Processing combined with beam-forming DSP algorithms configure AHS vertical dispersion to match a venue's specific geometries and throw distances. Multiple HF horns combine coherently to provide the output necessary to combat HF air loss which can be substantial in stadium-scale applications. AHS modules are designed to be stacked as needed to increase projection and control.
Those who are able to tune in live will be able to ask questions and engage in discussion around the AHS Series.

 
matt-nettlefoldNettlefold joins Audiologic as business manager
Monday, 10 January 2022

UK - Audiologic has announced that after over 20 years at Polar, Matt Nettlefold has joined Audiologic as a business manager. Nettlefold joins the existing team of five other business managers and will be responsible for the management and growth of existing business, as well as the acquisition of new customers and will be involved in field-based sales activity, including account management & product demonstrations.
He has over 21 years’ experience in the AV industry, beginning in plastics and laminates sales then moving into the audio industry in 1999 when he joined Polar Audio (or Beyerdynamic GB as they were known then) as technical support manager.
“My key interests lie within the audio field and I am extremely excited to be joining Audiologic,” says Nettlefold. “I have known many of the team for some years and I look forward to bringing my experience to such a professional, driven and respected company to drive business forward into the future.”
Stuart Leader, senior sales manager, adds: “Matt was such an obvious choice for us for this role, a very knowledgeable and familiar face within the industry, he has a long-standing history with many of our customers. At an exciting period of growth for Audiologic, the external business manager role allows us to split account responsibility across the southern regions of the team to give us as a team more focus, to better serve our ever-increasing customer base.”

 
 
robe-cinderella-cin031520429Robe adds magic to Cinderella as panto returns
Friday, 7 January 2022

UK - The panto season is back with a bang after waiting in the wings during 2020 as the country squared up to COVID-19, reigniting all things panto like slapstick comedy, toilet-brow innuendo, gawdy sets, psychedelic vibrance and total craziness for which it’s known and appreciated, with lighting designers around the country delighted to be back working on this peculiarly English and highly expressive genre of performance.
None more than Andy Webb, who chose an all-Robe LED moving light rig for UK Productions’ spectacular Cinderella staged at the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.
For Webb’s first time working in this theatre - following five successive panto seasons up to 2019 at Blackpool’s Theatre Royal - the lighting rig was specified so he could present a new televisual style of panto lighting, with lots of fabulous neutral skin tones juxtaposed against the vibrant colours demanded by panto narrative and style.
“Flexibility is always the key to lighting a panto as the real-time onstage programming and tech’ing schedule is traditionally tight, and that’s why I wanted the Robe fixtures in there because I knew I could achieve the depth, detail and levels of expectation of this production,” he explains. The show is directed by Chris Nelson, who is also playing one of the Ugly Sisters characters.
Andy’s rig includes Robe Esprites and Spiiders as the Spot-Wash ‘base’ luminaires, with 10 Esprites and 17 Spiider wash-beams distributed across the overhead LX bars.
It is also the first panto Webb h

 
carolinaLEA Professional scores in East Carolina
Friday, 7 January 2022

USA - When East Carolina University stadium experienced debilitating audio issues right in the middle of football season, they turned to PC Sound and LEA Professional to rescue the season and restore the fan experience.
Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium is the on-campus football facility at East Carolina University for the East Carolina Pirates in Greenville, North Carolina. The stadium has a capacity of 50,000, making it the second largest college stadium in North Carolina.
James Braddy, certified technology specialist (CTS) at PC Sound, a local specialist in pro audio, video and lighting installations, got a call on a Monday in September from the associate athletics director at ECU, Greg Pierce who explained that the previous weekend’s home game had been overshadowed by a series of audio issues.
“At the time, half the sound system didn't sound like it was working,” says Pierce. “I knew we needed a solution and we needed it yesterday.”
On the weekend in question, stadium goers and players had complained that they couldn't hear, and the system would cut in and out. According to Braddy, 60% of the stadium’s legacy amplifiers were off and the other ones were going into thermal protection mode.
“I have always been able to get amps from LEA Professional through their rep Mavric and they are my go-to provider,” comments Braddy. “We put the order in on a Tuesday at 7pm and within four minutes I had a reply from Scott Robbins the VP of sales, with different options. The amplifiers were delivered to us on that Thursday and on Friday we did

 
 
suzi-greenThe Back Lounge spearheads workshop series
Friday, 7 January 2022

UK - The Back Lounge founder and Tour Production Group (TPG) facilitator, tour manager Suzi Green, is spearheading a new series of free workshops for the live music industry.
Following the strong response to the Resilience Workshops in summer 2021, Green is combining the core principle areas of the TPG - sustainability, mental health and diversity - for a three-part, community-focused series.
Green, whose clients include Placebo, PJ Harvey and Katie Melua, is passionate about both personal and wider industry wellbeing, having founded mental welfare digital support group The Back Lounge during the pandemic, as well as taking on a facilitator role with the TPG, a UK-based and internationally attended association of live music touring professionals.
With 2022 likely to see an upscaled return to work, she believes now is the time for meaningful education that can be applied to real world situations.
“These are the topics on people’s radar,” says Green. “What exactly are we going to push ourselves through in the next 12 months? There's no doubt for anyone working in live music that mental health, sustainability and diversity are going to be a real focus. We need to look at best practice within these areas and really start to apply it.”
In order to deliver the sessions, Green has enlisted professionals with experience in the subject matters.
Roadmap To Sustainable Touring on Wednesday, 19 January is hosted by TPG Sustainabili

 
tu-eindhoven1Elation makes the grade in Eindhoven auditorium
Friday, 7 January 2022

The Netherlands - Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is one of the leading technical universities in Europe. The school’s auditorium, the heart of the campus where students attend lectures and presentations of all types, recently received a lighting upgrade of Elation luminaires specified and installed by AV company Houben Souren.
Houben Souren was contacted by TU/e after university personnel had heard about a recent LED lighting installation at the Maastricht Exhibition and Convention Centre (MECC), an auditorium lighting system potentially similar to what they required.
“The university was interested in the installation and the types of lights we used there [Elation Fuze Profile and Colour 5 Profile] so we invited them to Maastricht to see the project for themselves,” explains Tijs Verfurth, operations manager at Houben Souren. “It turned out to be a good real-world demonstration and they were quite impressed with the system.”
Houben Souren consequently contacted Bert Schmeits, key account manager Benelux at Elation, who worked with Verfurth to arrange a product demonstration at the university with the Fuze Profile, along with lights from three other manufacturers. Other Elation fixtures also took part in the demo, including the KL Fresnel 8 and DTW Par 300.
The Fuze Profile and a cold-white version of the LED moving head, the Fuze Profile CW, were selected as the principal luminaires for the lighting upgrade. Useful wherever a fully automated ellipsoidal fixture is required, the Fuze Profile houses a 305W RGBMA LED engine

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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