USA - Classic rock band Kansas is extending The 50th Anniversary Tour into 2024, commemorating their first year as a band. With the release of their newest box set, Another Fork in the Road, Kansas is bringing even more song selections to their performances, including some deep cuts fans haven’t heard live in decades.
“Kansas is a legendary act and Bandit is honoured to be a part of the team,” said Bandit Lites chair Michael T. Strickland. “Phil Ehart and I are good friends and that adds a great layer to the relationship. An evening with Kansas is a magical experience and their music leaves everyone amazed.”
Lighting designer Scott Pearson has spent a decade working with Kansas, giving him a keen awareness to the band’s preferences and style of perform

UK - Audio manufacturer Audient has partnered with loudspeaker company PMC Speakers to unveil a new immersive audio studio located at Audient’s Hampshire headquarters.
Summerlea House has been designed from the ground up to offer Audient’s customers a modern demo facility. Built around Audient’s new purpose driven immersive audio interface and monitor controller Oria, the studio features a 9.1.6 PMC result6 speaker array with a PMC 8SUB. An additional two PMC6 active speakers offer clients the option to reference a mix in stereo as well as 9.1.6 Dolby Atmos and everything i

Europe - When Idles embarked on their 2024 Love Is The Fing European tour, their production included a large complement of Martin Audio’s Wavefront Precision line array elements for the main PA.
FOH engineer Chris Fullard first requested the platform back in 2019, when Solotech provided the MLA, but when the band later played the West Stage at All Points East in 2022, it was through the newer tech of Wavefront Precision, in the shape of the largest format WPL, with its scalable resolution.
For the 2024 European campaign, Solotech account manager, David Preston, specified t

Iceland - Andrea Manzoni, Milan-based pianist, composer and sound recordist, represents a new generation of pianists take an innovative approach that blurs the boundaries of traditional music styles. Manzoni recently embarked on a transformative journey into the Icelandic wilderness to gather nature sounds for the sound design of Qivittoq, a theatrical production depicting a dystopian love story set in the solitude of the North Pole, in a world rapidly depleting its resources.
Working from a draft script from the director of the theatre show, Manzoni was keen to immerse him

USA - As the cornerstone of its 50th Anniversary Season, the Orlando Ballet commissioned a spectacular new production of The Nutcracker, which debuted last December.
Billed as “bigger, brighter, and full of surprises” as well as the largest ballet ever created by an Orlando-based performing arts organisation, the production was staged in Steinmetz Hall at the Dr. Phillips Centre for Performing Arts. New choreography, all new sets, costumes, and an updated storyline by Jorden Morris, who also serves as the ballet’s artistic director, brought an exciting edge to a timel

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