UK - Following recent contract wins at three of the UK’s leading event venues, AV and entertainment technology company Anna Valley has promoted Dan Orchard to the role of venue director. The newly created position sees Orchard assuming responsibility for both commercial and operational aspects at all the venues where Anna Valley is the preferred audio-visual partner, reporting directly to the board.
Over the last 18 months, Anna Valley has established itself as a significant service provider to the UK’s venue sector. The company signed a preferred partnership agreement with ExCel London in December 2020, was appointed by Tobacco Dock as their new AV service partner in June 2021 and expanded their existing AV maintenance contract with The NEC Group to help deliver events at the venue as part of their Preferred Supplier Programme in January 2022. Anna Valley is also the in-house audio-visual supplier to the Emirates Stadium and The Grove Hotel.
The dedicated venue managers and on-site teams at each venue will now report to Orchard who will be responsible for ensuring that Anna Valley’s exceptional client service and delivery standards are upheld at each location as well as for building a strategic model for expansion.
Orchard joined the Anna Valley team as director of business development for the rental division in 2017 after four years as group business development manager at Blue-i Event Technology. Since joining, he has been instrumental in establishing Anna Valley as a leading technology and service provider to the event industry, growing
Eurovision - Ukraine should be given the chance to host the Eurovision Song Contest in 2023, the UK prime minister has said. Speaking to journalists after returning from its capital, Kyiv, Boris Johnson said the streets there were lively and Ukrainians were "confident". As winners of the contest in May, Ukraine should normally host the show, but organisers said on they thought it would be too unsafe. Its planners are discussing holding it in the UK instead, which came second.
Cities across the UK, including Cardiff and Birmingham, have expressed interest in staging the 2023 contest if it ends up in the UK.
“We would relish the opportunity to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 here at Principality Stadium, Cardiff,” said a spokesman. “We have a 20-year history of successfully hosting the biggest music artists and sporting events in the world, and to add Eurovision, the world's biggest and much-loved music competition to the list, would be the cherry on top of the last two decades.”
Most-Played - Ed Sheeran was the most-played artist in the UK last year, according to new data from music licensing body PPL. The singer also had the most-played song of the year with Bad Habits. It's the fourth time in five years that Sheeran has been named the UK's most-played artist, calculated by plays on radio, TV, pubs, clubs and shops.
Tom Grennan had the second and third most-played songs of 2021. His Calvin Harris collaboration, By Your Side, took the runner-up spot, with his solo single Little Bit of Love in third plac
France - On 12 May, the historic Palais-Royal in the heart of Paris was the site of an EDM dance fest - Monumental Tour Europe - with a crowd of 2,000 raving to pulsating beats and bass drops beneath a canopy of powerful beam effects from Elation Proteus Excalibur moving heads.
Technical solutions provider Magnum provided all of the lighting, sound, power and truss for the event, including the Excalibur fixtures. Elation French distribution is by Best Audio & Lighting.
Needing an outdoor-rated beam light that could project far into the night sky, six Excalibur fixtures worked from the top of the building in a powerful and unmistakable fan of luminosity. The 20,000-lumen Excalibur features an a narrow 0.8° beam that widens to 3.5° when needed using an expander lens. Powered by a long-life Philips Platinum 500 FLEX lamp (550W), its long-throw beam acts as a brilliant searchlight and is visible at great distances.
The EDM event highlighted artists and young talent by combining heritage with electronic music, video, scenography and lighting. The Palais-Royal façade came alive with a dazzling array of lighting effects and video projection as Excalibur beams radiated out from the top of the Palais-Royal, heightening the atmosphere and announcing for miles around that a significant event was taking place.
The event supported the EU’s declaration of 2022 as the European Year of Youth and was part of a cultural programme to celebrate the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which runs through 30 June when the show w
France - After a two-year hiatus, the 28th edition of the annual Massy International Circus Festival returned this year, featuring the world's top circus artists, performing in the company’s impressive 50m diameter, 3,000-capacity big top erected in the town of Massy on the outskirts of Paris.
To mark the return, the technical design team employed a new, innovative AV system, revolutionised by the introduction of immersive mixing technology from German in-ear monitor specialists, KLANG.
Established in 1993 to honour the 75th birthday of celebrated clown, Achille Zavatta, the International Circus Festival of Massy has since been staged annually in the town, receiving international recognition and broadcast every year on the French television channel, France 3. A homage to traditional circus entertainment, the festival attracts world famous circus performers. At the heart of the show is the Jean Ribul Orchestra, comprising 10 musicians including a brass section, which underpins the performances in the ring.
Tasked with managing the audio and lighting requirements was French rental company, Ultra Son, collaborating with equipment distributor, DV2. The team devised an innovative audio system for 2022, employing the new immersive KLANG:konductor mixing processor with 10 individual KLANG:kontroller personal monitoring mixers.
“We watched the KLANG:kontroller launch last year, and were very excited about this ground-breaking development,” comments Ultra Son owner Maxime Polak. “The use of the KLANG:kontroller is the first time these new pro
USA - The Long Reach Long Riders (LRLR) have raised more than $1m for charity thanks to thousands of individual and corporate sponsors. The Riders are about the embark on their 19th annual ride this summer.
This milestone could not have been reached without the tireless dedication of volunteers and donors who have given of their time, talent and money to help those less fortunate, says LRLR. Over the years, three charities have benefitted from the fundraising: AFC (Canada), Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and (primarily) Behind the Scenes Foundation.
Lori Rubinstein, executive director of Behind the Scenes, comments: “It’s truly amazing what can be accomplished when like-minded people come together for a common purpose. Even though a major milestone has been achieved, the need is greater than ever, especially with Behind the Scenes’ new mental health initiative. The Long Riders are setting the example of affinity-based fundraising as a way to assist others.”
LRLR are a group of riders from across the US who work in the entertainment industry and share both a love of motorcycles and a desire to help their colleagues in need. Since 2004, well over 100 riders and chase vehicle drivers have banded together in this common cause.
The Long Riders are already looking ahead to future fundraising adventures, and donations will be accepted for this year’s ride through the end of August. To donate or learn more, go to www.lrlr.org
USA - Andrew Goedde, lighting designer for Goose since 2018 has been creating a procession of deeply evocative looks for the quintet from Connecticut as they’ve played live music venues and festivals.
The band is now playing more notable venues like Red Rocks and Radio City Music Hall, as well as major festivals in the US and Europe. For Goedde, his client’s blossoming career has opened a new world of opportunities. Not only is he touring with a larger rig that features The Chauvet Professional Color Strike M, which was supplied by Main Light, he’s also collaborating with one of its leading designer/programmers Tony Caporale.
“For the first time ever with Goose, we have the luxury of having the same tour design for almost all venues,” comments Goedde, owner of Indianapolis-based Goedde Sound & Light. “It’s really cool to have the same consistent design and fixtures for every show this tour. As for festivals, we are able to bring in our tour ground package for most of them.”
Having this level of consistency in his rig has made it possible for Goedde to take a different approach to lighting his client’s shows. “Given that we always have this rig, or most of it, with us, we can get really deep on cue stacking songs,” he says. “This is also a first for Goose, as our shows have been 100% punted in the past.”
There are 16 cue stacked songs on the band’s summer 2022 tour, while the rest of the show is still punted “jam band style”. This change in the composition of his Goose show, led Goedde to Caporale, the widely
USA - CP Communications has established itself as a full-service production equipment provider for live events, attracting opportunities from Fox Sports, MLB Network, the NFL, and others. The company offers a range of Dante workflow solutions with multiple products from Studio Technologies, manufacturer of high-quality audio, video, and fibre-optic solutions.
“We have a few hundred Studio Technologies products in our Dante ecosystem that we use for all of our events,” says Brian Ready, account executive & systems engineer at CP Communications. “The ease of use and durability of Studio Technologies’ products allow us to augment our Dante workflow depending on the client’s needs and the scope of the project.”
According to Ready, CP uses “a little bit of everything” from Studio Technologies, including beltpacks, intercom interfaces, and audio engines. He said the Model 381 On-Air Beltpacks and Model 374A Intercom Beltpacks have been “fantastic devices as we’ve built our Dante-based ecosystem”.
Ready also highlighted the Model 348 Intercom Station, an audio control centre for on-air production and support personnel, as well as the Model 206 Announcer’s Console that can manage announcer talk-back for sportscasters. Not only are both units compact and durable, Ready added that they integrate seamlessly with their Dante-enabled beltpacks and are intuitive for both production personnel and on-air talent, alike. CP has provided college football equipment packages for various broadcasters who are using all these devices in their p
UK - City Theatrical will demo new technology on stand B48 at ABTT Theatre Show at the Alexandra Palace (22-23 June, London). The company will present the RadioScan spectrum analyser for building better Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM broadcasts on the 2.4GHz band; the miniature QolorFLEX Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM dimmers; the LED linear lighting with QolorFLEX NuNeon and various QolorFLEX LED Tapes, and the multi award-winning DMXcat Multi-Function Test Tool.
City Theatrical’s Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM system includes the Multiverse Transmitter 2.4GHz, which has the ability to broadcast up to 10 universes of DMX data on the 2.4GHz band while using less radio energy than other single universe wireless DMX transmitters. Multiverse users can plan their wireless DMX broadcast using a RadioScan spectrum analyser as a frequency scanner, and set universes on each receiver from their smartphones using City Theatrical’s DMXcat app, which allows them to change their wireless DMX/RDM setup from anywhere on set, whether it is a lighting fixture with onboard Multiverse technology, a lighting fixture receiving its data from a Multiverse Node, or any wired fixture downstream of those devices.
The company will show the Multiverse Studio Kit, an all-in-one, battery-powered wireless DMX/RDM solution that offers wireless DMX functionality, making wireless DMX easier to install and use for film and video projects and live events. Multiverse Studio Kit features contactless charging for its six Multiverse Studio Receivers, which each contain a long-life lithium-i
UK - Full-service video and lighting company 4Wall has extended its stock of Elation Artiste series LED moving heads into Europe with the purchase of the Artiste Monet Profile, Artiste Mondrian Profile FX and Artiste Rembrandt Wash luminaires.
The purchase complements 4Wall US’ investment in Mondrian, Rembrandt, Monet and Artiste Van Gogh units. The sale took place through Entedi, Elation’s exclusive distribution partner in the UK, working closely with Elation’s European office and Elation business development manager, Graham Hill.
David March, director of business development 4Wall, comments: “Following on from our recent investment in Elation fixtures in the US, we are pleased to have placed a significant order with Elation’s UK distributor Entedi for Artiste fixtures. We have chosen from the Artiste family the Monet, Mondrian and Rembrandt for their full continuity of colours and features, which we believe makes them ideal workhorse tools for designers and operators alike across the many facets of live events through to corporate conferences that we proudly service.
“Being the first in the UK to invest in these robust feature-rich Elation fixtures fits well with our commitment to provide the latest and greatest equipment, service and support.”
Cally Bacchus, managing director for Entedi, adds: “We are thrilled to continue to grow the Elation brand in the UK by helping to bring this new technology to market. 4Wall is breaking new ground with a significant investment that demonstrates not only their confidence in the Elation
USA - Hotel Figueroa, one of the longest-standing hotels in downtown LA, has been a part of the area for nearly a century. Following a two-year restoration inspired by its original 1926 Spanish architecture, the hotel re-opened for guests in 2021.
However, its legacy audio systems were encountering issues and needed an upgrade from the systems integration team at Drp, who relied on audio amplifiers from LEA Professional to power the historic venue, its restaurants, and other spaces.
With 268 rooms and suites spread over 14 floors and a pool nestled within a botanical oasis, Hotel Figueroa, part of the Hyatt group, is renowned for its style and close proximity to the Crypto.com Arena and LA Live, formerly known as Staples Centre.
When the hotel decided they needed to upgrade the entire audio system, Drp was brought in to create a system that met their new standards. Drp is a low-voltage cabling contractor based in Los Angeles, California. For over 10 years the company has been a leader in providing fast, professional, cost-effective solutions from cabling to security to audio and video systems.
“This was a challenging big project; when we arrived on site we quickly realised it wouldn’t just be about installing a new system. We needed to re-do the infrastructure already in place,” opens Dan Potvin, founder and owner at Drp.inc. “When we first inspected the old system and pulled out the rack it looked like a spider’s web back there. There was no signal wire but data infrastructure wire, so the system was not secure. We had to fix that
USA - The Meyer Sound stand at InfoComm in Las Vegas pulled steady crowds throughout the show.
“This was our first major trade show presence since early 2020 and it was a great feeling to welcome back all the dealers, customers, and associates we’ve known over the years,” says director of global marketing, Tim Boot. “When the live event industry suffered setbacks during COVID, the installation market remained surprisingly strong for us, and we were happy to show our appreciation with hospitality through the show.”
Making its major trade show debut at InfoComm was Meyer Sound’s new Panther large-format linear line array loudspeaker.
A major focus at InfoComm was Meyer Sound’s exclusive IntelligentDC technology, which uniquely combines the installation advantages of low voltage distributed systems with a level of performance possible only with self-powered loudspeakers.
“IntelligentDC remains the only viable solution for higher-power loudspeaker systems that require neither long loudspeaker cable runs nor access to AC power,” says Boot. “IntelligentDC systems can sustain peaks up to 860 watts, which is far more than you can get with Power over Ethernet solutions. More than two-thirds of the loudspeakers in the line are true bi-amplified loudspeakers with active crossovers.”
IntelligentDC systems utilise a multi-channel rack-mount power supply and signal distribution unit to deliver 48V DC power and balanced audio over a single five-core cable through eight outputs to as many as 24 loudspeakers, depending on system co
Italy - Eurovision returned to its full splendour in Turin for 2022 after the challenges of the pandemic in 2021. Even the continuing horror of war in Europe failed to affect the event, in fact, only serving to intensify the joy, the magic and the music that Eurovision brings to the world every year.
To bring a kaleidoscope of SFX to the stage in Turin, Luca Toscano, CEO of Artech teamed up with Lucas Gerritzen of Pyrofoor de Amsterdam who supplied the FX for the 2021 show in the Netherlands. Artech is a group of companies, that specialise in delivering SFX and show solutions across the globe.
Appointed by this years’ host broadcaster RAI Television as the Eurovision 2022 SFX, pyro and laser supplier, Toscano sees the event as a glorious celebration of the entertainment industry, a showcase for the best of the best. Across the two companies, more than 20 people were involved in delivering the dizzying array of SFX at the PalaOlimpico in Turin. Flames, smoke machines, CO2 launchers, spark machines, close proximity pyrotechnics were all part of the extraordinary package that were offered to the delegations to enhance and excite their Eurovision performances.
“Each delegation has its own director and artistic director,” explains Toscano. “They have a list of the special effects we can supply for them along with the positions embedded on the stage area. Of course, it depends on what each entry has in mind for their visuals - not everyone will choose to employ SFX - it is entirely up to them, but our team work tirelessly to
UK - Designer Daniel Richardson, working for international creative practice Sinclair Wilkinson (Rob Sinclair & Andrew Wilkinson) took the role of production designer for Craig David’s recent Hold That Thought UK tour. The scope of his work included a full stage, scenic, lighting and video design, plus content direction for the star’s acclaimed tour that was rescheduled from 2020.
Richardson’s spec included Robe moving lights - BMFL Spots, BMFL Blades and a four-way RoboSpot remote follow system - which were supplied by lighting vendor Neg Earth. Matt Arthur went out on the tour as lighting director and operator.
Craig David himself was very much involved in the show creation, explained Richardson. He shared his initial ideas with Rob Sinclair and Daniel back in 2019, who refined these into workable touring options from which a concept was chosen and developed.
Plans were then halted due to the pandemic and in this time the artist produced a wealth of new music.
During a production meeting in February of this year to get the tour re-started: “Craig indicated that he wanted to involve scenic elements in the show and loved the idea of having some real foliage on stage,” explained Richardson.
Taking the new 22 album artwork as inspiration, he and the team reimagined and reworked the stage design to capture the essence of all these fresh aspects. In the album, Craig is a journeyman, travelling through different lands, his previous homes in Miami to his present one in London.
With this in mind, a ‘real
UK - Visual storytelling technology platform disguise has released its new flagship media server: the vx 4+. Purpose-built for technically demanding productions, installations and shows, the vx 4+ is designed ‘to ensure maximum content quality and playback performance, enabling productions to push boundaries and captivate audiences like never before’.
With the capability to handle twice the amount of video layers versus its award-winning predecessor, the new disguise vx 4+ machine ramps up storage performance and significantly improves video throughout, with up to 100GbE in bandwidth for higher resolution live video.
“Production teams are perpetually seeking to push the boundaries of what is possible, with many experimenting with new technologies and workflows, using real-time content or using video content at unlimited scale and complexity. As these ambitions grow, playing back large-scale content reliably without latency remains a challenge,” explains disguise chief product officer Raed Al Tikriti.
“disguise vx 4+ addresses the pressing need for an ultra-reliable high-performance server capable of handling the most demanding bandwidth-hungry, data-rich video processing. Built on our team’s deep understanding of the needs of today’s productions, installations and large-scale shows, the vx4+ offers our customers cutting-edge technology, that works with the disguise modular ecosystem of solutions and offers the most reliable and effective solution for your production.”
Integral to the disguise modular ecosystem and working wi
Ireland - Three years in construction, the new Romanian Pentecostal Betania Church in Dublin is now ranked the largest church in Ireland. Accommodating 1,500 worshippers in its main sanctuary as well as an online following, the ambitious design required a sound system, resulting in the installation of the latest technology from DiGiCo’s recently launched compact, Quantum 225 digital mixing console.
The €8m development comprises a 2800sq.m building with large sanctuary, stage, choir and orchestra space, media pod, fellowship halls, a conference room, eight community rooms, pastoral areas, and a youth worship area. The building design and framework were established by a professional team of architects and construction specialists, but the majority of the building work was completed by skilled volunteers from the Church’s Romanian community during evenings and weekends.
Requiring specialist expertise, Betania’s project leaders turned to Wigwam Acoustics which has many years of experience in houses of worship installations.
“Betania Church needed to invest in an audio system and infrastructure with capacity to manage not only the size of the sanctuary and congregation but also a versatile roster of events from worship services and musical performancesto conferences and broadcasts,” says Tim Mortimer, system integration project manager at Wigwam. “Further, during COVID-19 lockdown, the Betania team responded to the challenge of an online worship environment, hosting live streaming events for the congregation. Their efforts were so successf
UK - Four Yamaha Adecia audio solutions have been installed at the offices of The Openwork Partnership in Swindon, helping the staff at this financial advice company to enjoy hybrid working.
The Openwork Partnership has over 4,200 financial advisers and 600 support staff. The company’s structure means that hybrid working - part office-based, part at home - was already important before the COVID-19 pandemic. But with the enhanced importance of flexible working, having a pleasant and technically-advanced environment for employees when working from the office gives an undoubted boost to the company’s efficiency.
When The Openwork Partnership moved into its new premises at Auckland House in Swindon, it refurbished the spaces to include the very latest workplace technology.
“The idea was to create a pleasant, user-friendly environment for people coming into the office, including various zones of open plan hot desking, drop in areas, meeting spaces and facilities like a restaurant and wellness gym. It was designed to bring a new concept of working environment to staff in the financial advice sector,” says Sussi Murphy, CEO of workplace technology specialists Visually Connected Worldwide.
“The goal was to deliver top-quality video conferencing, while retaining a simple user experience. For the audio solution we worked with the Application Team at Audiologic. With the Adecia solution from Yamaha being new to the market, we went through a process of remote demonstrations with Audiologic and the client as a proof-of-concept exercise, which ult
UK - SLX has opened applications for the 2022/2023 edition of its student support scheme, The Lighting Programme.
The programme aims to foster young, upcoming talent within the industry. Students joining the programme will have access to expert mentorship, along with networking opportunities with industry professionals and leading manufacturers to help prepare for the start of their careers. SLX will also provide specialist project support and an equipment package for one of their final year productions.
Live event specialists SLX, who work on high profile events like The Commonwealth Games and the West End musical Six, were recent winners of the inaugural TPi Green Award for outstanding sustainable policies. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to play a part in this change, whilst learning vital skills and practices to take forward into their career.
The Lighting Programme applicants must be lighting design and/or technical students, studying in the UK who will be in their third year of an undergraduate programme in September 2022. There are four spaces available for the 2022/2023 intake of the programme.
SLX CEO Alastair Currie comments: “Following the success of this year, I am thrilled to announce the 2022/23 Lighting Programme is now open for applications. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the previous intake of candidates, as we welcomed them to our warehouse facility in Bristol. I was also delighted to see them earning money whilst working at a number of our venues, as well as having valuable experience as part of our i
USA - The One Canvas Solution from Calibre UK has won an AV Technology and Installation InfoComm 2022 Best in Market awards at the recent InfoComm show in Las Vegas. The awards were judged by team of InfoComm CTS-qualified technology managers, integrators and consultants.
“We’re grateful for the industry recognition of our talented R&D team’s innovation to our One Canvas Solution,” comments Mike Novak who is newly-appointed to manage the North American market at Calibre UK.
The Calibre One Canvas Solution is suitable for large-scale and multi-screen 4K conference applications. The HQPro1000 scaler/switcher with 4K50/60Hz 4:4:4 RGB processing and 4K EDID management can manage up to four LEDFusion Pro screens with flexible screen layout at any one time using a simple control interface. A Quad2K card is available for optional splicing for four 2K output as necessary.
Coinciding with InfoComm, Calibre held a Calibre New Product Preview Showcase event at Westgate Las Vegas from 9-10 June, revealing the One Canvas Solution incorporating the Calibre LEDFusion Pro with splicing features across multiple screens. “We welcomed AV buyers, consultants and end users to see Calibre product plans and test out the new splicing features of the One Canvas Solution ahead of their future projects,” adds Novak.
USA - The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2022 Induction Ceremony and celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Title 9 took place 11 June at the Tennessee Theatre with a lighting system provided by Bandit Lites.
“Every class, every year, is a special group of people,” said Bandit Lites chair Michael T. Strickland, a long-time member of the Hall of Fame Board. “This year in particular, board member and long-time friend Debbie Antonelli was honoured. Debbie is special to me and the Hall as she is not only a former player but is most notably a long-time basketball announcer on ESPN.”
The front of the stage was lit using the Tennessee Theatre’s conventional lekos from the cove. Bandit hung GLP X4S from a house electric to use as backlight for both people on stage and at the lectern. Elation SIXPAR 100s toned A-type towers with Spandex wraps, framing the center speaking position with VL 2500 spots providing mid-level beams for haze.
“On the floor we had Martin MAC Auras and VL 2500 spots to up-light the drape backdrop,” says Giff Swart, Bandit Lites project manager. “Lastly, we hung 9-lite DWE moles and 2-lite DWE moles from a different house electric to light the audience.”
Since the show was streamed on ESPN2, Bandit Lites worked with the WATE TV crew to balance levels and saturation while still making the ceremony accommodate the attendees.
“We had what you might call a typical theatre setup for any event with front light, back light, and backdrop light,” explained Swart. “What may have been most noticea
USA - First Baptist Church of San Marcos is a diverse and multi-generational church based in San Marcos, Texas. In 2012, the church reached out to sound designer Curt Taipale of Taipale Media Systems to evaluate and re-tune their existing system.
Over the years, the church had considered replacing their sound system, however the situation became urgent after their existing digital signal processor (DSP) started to fail. Following a long relationship with Curt, he was asked in June 2020 to assist in a possible new design of their sound system. The primary goal of the new installation was improved coverage and intelligibility.
“At the time, they considered a handful of companies to design the new system and completed due diligence by listening to some of my projects in Texas,” said Taipale. “They were very pleased with one system in particular that utilized Danley Sound Labs equipment. I asked Kim Comeaux to do a demonstration in their sanctuary of Danley products so that others on the team could hear them in person.”
Following the demonstration, Scott Davis, worship pastor at First Baptist Church of San Marcos, agreed with Curt’s recommendation.
Curt’s design utilised four Danley SH-50 loudspeakers arranged in an exploded arc as mains, with an SH-95 suspended below each as down-fill speakers and two SH-95HO loudspeakers as delays. In addition, two Danley TH118 subwoofers were flown as an end-fire subwoofer array.
The new installation also featured choir monitors, Powersoft amplifiers, a Symetrix Prism DSP and Allen & Heath
USA - Lighting designer and director Ethan Weber chose a large complement of versatile Ayrton Domino luminaires for Grammy Award-winner John Mayer’s Sob Rock Tour 2022 in support of his eighth studio album of the same name. ACT Entertainment is the exclusive distributor of Ayrton lighting fixtures in North America.
The 23-stop arena tour kicked off in March in Las Vegas and wrapped in Boston in May. The North American schedule featured multi-day concerts in six cities. Weber, perhaps best known for his work with The Rolling Stones, obtained the Ayrton Domino fixtures from Upstaging in Sycamore, Illinois, the lighting vendor for the Sob Rock Tour.
Apart from using Ayrton MagicPanels on some festivals, Weber began using Ayrton fixtures in earnest last year. “Dave Ridgeway and Fraggle from Neg Earth suggested we swap some rain-vulnerable fixtures out for Perseo units on the fall Rolling Stones tour,” Weber recalls. “We also did a couple of shows at the Hard Rock in Fort Lauderdale with Ghibli, Bora and Khamsin fixtures. I was very impressed with their intensity, features and reliability. I didn't know about the Dominos until I talked to John Bahnick at Upstaging about Ayrtons for John Mayer.”
Upstaging’s Dominos “have been in great demand: They’re the Cadillac of high-end fixtures,” says Chuck Spector, in the Upstaging lighting department. “The Domino’s IP rating has contributed to its success combined with fantastic optics and colour mixing. We’ve also invested in Ayrton’s IP-rated Perseo fixtures. It gives me peace of mind w
Germany - As the exclusive global manufacturer of Philips professional displays, PPDS is dedicated to helping integrators learn about and test the latest technologies, products and opportunities that can help grow their businesses. Building on its strategy to bring seamless global business locally, PPDS has launched its first full-solutions showroom in Munich, featuring Philips professional displays and virtual collaboration systems from ClearOne.
The new 155sq.m showroom is designed to highlight new solutions for various spaces and client types, with dedicated rooms set up to demonstrate how new technologies can be integrated to optimize conference rooms, meeting rooms, retail spaces, classrooms, hotel guest rooms and even home offices. According to Christian Krela, channel manager for PPDS in Germany, the new Munich showroom is the company’s first demo space to focus on full-room solutions with collaboration and streaming technologies.
“Integrators trust PPDS to provide innovative display products for every kind of project, and the new Munich showroom demonstrates how leading third-party solutions like ClearOne’s collaboration gear can complement our Philips class-leading displays to meet the needs of modern businesses,” Krela explains.
“We designed this space to ensure local integrators and end-customers can gain hands-on experience with whole-room solutions that include displays, cameras, microphones, speakers and control systems to help them make decisions regarding room designs and technology solutions.”
Each different space
Europe - Currently on a 2022 theatre tour through Belgium, Dutch girl group K3’s set includes the track Giddy Up & Go which features 15 Astera Titan Tubes which are used as illuminated props in a skilful collaboration between the tour’s lighting designer, Jeroen Opsteyn of Painting with Light (PWL), choreographer Tommy Gryson, the three K3 girls and 12 dancers.
One of Jeroen’s creative objectives was to keep the dynamics and pace flowing throughout the action-packed, up-tempo set.
The lighting design and programming introduce fluidity and animation to the stage in the absence of video, as one of the early artistic decisions was to present the band in a more theatrical setting, focusing on them and making lighting central to the show’s visuality.
Jeroen and Tommy both hit on the idea of changing the shape and perception of the performance space - just for one song - using Astera Titan Tubes as hand-held props, which Studio 100’s technical production manager Jan De Goeyse made happen.
Titan Tubes were the solution. Jeroen had used them previously as static lighting at events or on TV sets, but not as a dynamic effect, and once he and Tommy hit on the idea of creating a kinetic effect in conjunction with the dance moves, he knew Astera was the way to go.
Tommy worked out the dance moves step-by-step as Jeroen and Niels Huybrechts (also from PWL) programmed multiple lighting colour and movement chases on the Titan Tubes using a grandMA2 console.
Apart from the wireless functionality, Jeroen loves the colours a
UK - St. Paul’s Cathedral is a venue that is steeped in tradition, even when it comes to lighting, the traditional PAR 64 has always been the fixture of choice for lighting designers. However, for the Queen’s Jubilee Thanksgiving Service, lighting director and BAFTA Award winner David Bishop stepped away from tradition, opting for an all-new LED lighting rig, with the new Martin Mac Aura PXL taking the leading role as the main lighting fixture.
Bishop explains: “For the Queen’s Jubilee, it was important to maintain the traditional feel and the natural look, yet I wanted to increase the flexibility and efficiency of the lighting rig.
“The new Martin MAC Aura PXL was ideal. The high lumen output, colour rendering, and zoom range is exceptional for such a compact fixture and perfect for this application. It allowed me to have much greater control of the colour temperatures, while the remote controllable fixtures meant our focus session was far quicker because we didn’t have to communicate each par fixture to multiple electricians at height. We could also continue to perfect our focus during camera rehearsals without disturbing the production.”
Gaffer Mark Newell adds: “Installing any type of lighting rig at St Pauls Cathedral is challenging - the building was simply not designed with us in mind back in 1675!
“Access to the triforium level - where the majority of lighting for events and broadcast is installed - is via a tiny window, just half a metre wide. All the equipment must be winched up the outside of the building, then m