UK - PLASA Focus Glasgow 2016 returns to the SECC with another distinguished seminar programme that will deliver two days of free pro audio and lighting presentations discussing the latest technologies for the live ... More >>
USA - Country superstar Miranda Lambert's Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars tour reprises the name of her first headlining tour in 2010. It follows her Certified Platinum tour earlier this year and features an ... More >>
UK - Lighting designer Jip Nipius controlled the lighting for a special 'cinematic' two-part show by English rockers Suede at London's Roundhouse in November using an Avolites Tiger Touch II for the first time. Nipius ... More >>
UK - After five decades as a leading live sound engineer Colin Norfield's roster of acts reads like a who's who of touring giants. In 1994 he piloted the sound mix for Pink Floyd's Divisional Bell tour, and his ... More >>
New Zealand - The chic, the cool and the beautiful rocked up in Auckland to check the latest Kiwi fashion trends and catch the insatiable buzz of New Zealand Fashion Week (NZFW) 2015 at the main show-space in the ANZ ... More >>
"Our intention is to enable a performer - it could be a lighting designer or a musician - to drive digital media directly from their favourite controller and, by minimising the interaction with our software, make our technology seamless and transparent, even to a beginner"
Marco Hinic talks all things ArKaos (Order from ArKaos)
Philip Norfolk of Clay Paky's UK distributor Ambersphere presents the Spheriscan recessable moving mirror luminaire, which features high-speed continuous rotation . . .
20 Years Ago . . . LSi November 1995
"Our 10th anniversary issue had news of the PLASA Show moving to a new home . . . Following a successful 1995 show in Earls Court 2, the Association had announced a new five-year deal with organiser P&O Events and the show's relocatation to Earls Court 1 in September 1996, when it would run alongside the British Music Fair."
10 Years Ago . . . LSi November 2005
"LSI reported on Liverpool's series of events in the run-up to its tenure as European Capital of Culture in 2008. Lee Forde, a former rock 'n' roll lighting designer and now general manager of the Liverpool Culture Company, was the man responsible for putting the city on a world stage . . ."
This month: Breaking the Cycle
"You can see it in the current shift from rental to installation: increasing ownership of monitors and in-ears, then FOH control, by the bands; allied to ownership of speaker rigs by venues in a widespread alteration of touring business models."
This month: Arri Imagine
"Imagine pulled off the remarkable trick of being instantly recognisable as a lighting control (24 faders to the left, playback faders in the middle, keypad centre, level wheel to the right, then grand-master, then a new-style 3.5" floppy drive), yet at the same time with its colour-coded, precise, clicky keys, compact form and sharp lines feeling immediately cleaner, more modern than its rivals. "
This month: Production manager Mark Dawson
"My schoolmates wouldn't let me join their band because I couldn't sing or play an instrument. So I managed them and organised their gigs. Then I started to realise you could make a living out of it . . ."
This month: Hoverboards
"Stand on the platform and it will just hold itself magically upright. Lean forward and, rather than tipping over, it moves forward; lean to one side and it turns. It's clever, fun and, as countless YouTube videos attest, easy to crash spectacularly."
This month: The PLASA Rigging Conference 2015 . . .
"The age-old issues about insufficient time being allowed to safely carry out technical work (and not just rigging) should be a thing of the past if the principles of the Regulations are followed. The right questions will be asked of the right people at the right time . . ."
This month: ImageCue Media Server
"Makers and innovators are adding value to off-the-shelf components, resulting in some big steps forward in tiny products that deliver big results. ImageCue falls into that category . . ."
This month: Sarah Rushton-Read talks to lighting designer Terry Cook . . .
"Five years ago, I would never have described myself as a lighting designer, but by the nature of my development with WBD I've become one . . ."