Brazil - Paul McCartney's Out Thereworld tour kicked off in Brazil with three shows and a lighting design created by Roy Bennett. The shows were supervised by Bennett and operated by lighting director Wally ... More >>
UK - The 2013 Olivier Awards saw the new Clay Paky Sharpy Wash 330s take charge of their first event since they became a recent addition to White Light's ever growing arsenal of entertainment technology. For the third ... More >>
Belgium - As well as live music, theatre, sport and broadcast, Yamaha's CL series digital consoles are increasingly being specified by colleges teaching state-of-the-art sound mixing and networking. One example is ... More >>
Denmark - Just in time for the shipping of Harman Martin's new flagship lighting console, the M6, Martin has released a new software version for M-Series consoles with hundreds of improvements and a new ... More >>
UK - Le Maitre effects were on full view this past weekend at major festivals around the UK. The Killers were the headline act at the Isle of Wight Festival where Le Maitre effects included 25' Silver Mines; Mortar ... More >>
14 June 2013
Germany - With more than 100 years of tradition behind it, the Düsseldorf Schauspielhaus is among the largest and most important theatres operating in the German speaking countries. Since 1970 it has been located in ... More >>
13 June 2013
France - Manchester- based lighting, visual and rigging specialists dbn Lighting delivered the lighting design and equipment for clients Medex-Media at EuroPCR, a medical exhibition and symposium held at the Palais ... More >>
14 June 2013
UK - The seventh series of Britain's Got Talent culminated on Saturday 8 June with a stunning live show from Fountain Studios, presented by Ant and Dec for ITV. Having supported the show since its creation in ... More >>
17 June 2013
UK - White Light was recently chosen to supply lighting equipment and solutions for the Journey and Whitesnake 2013 UK Arena Tour. The widely popular bill featured the two superstar bands, along with musical guest ... More >>
14 June 2013
USA - British lighting console manufacturer Avolites has signed an exclusive distribution deal with New York-based Group One Professional Audio and Lighting. "This is a fantastic arrangement for Avolites," explains ... More >>
UK - Illuminate Design, which offers a complete technical support service, specialising in event deliverance and system support has recently appointed Keith Norman as sales executive. His role is to further develop ... More >>
UK - White Light has announced the appointment of Rebecca Fellows as venue relationship manager, providing a key contact for events venues in London and across the UK. Fellows, previously events administrator at White ... More >>
France - Bruno Garros has taken on the role of executive VP of global sales and business development at APG. He has also significantly increased the share capital of the company and taken a 25% shareholding in the ... More >>
UK - Bose has announced the appointment of Kevin McNally to the role of UK Engineered Sound project manager, with effect from Monday 10 June. In his new role, McNally will focus on developing Bose visibility and ... More >>
Germany - Sennheiser has announced the third generation of the Sennheiser family is to take over at the head of the company. The company says: "For several years now, two of the co-shareholders of the Sennheiser ... More >>
"I don't like LED moving heads, it's not that I necessarily like to stick to analogue, I just find looking at LEDs is not pleasant, for me or the audience."
Simple Minds' LD Stephen Pollard discusses his design with Steve Moles (On Tour, 42)
20 Years Ago . . . LSi June 1993
"News this month: the assets of Starlite Technology, which had recently gone into receivership, had been sold to a consortium of previous management, ex-employees and a supplier. "We have absolute faith in the product," said Ray French, the new MD. Other members of the consortium included Starlite's original software developer David Snipp, Starlite's former financial controller Robert Bunce and Laser Grafix Sales and Hire, led by Mark Brown."
10 Years Ago . . . LSi June 2003
"Sound contracting news: Millbank, one of the best-known brands in the voice alarm business, had been acquired by Ampekko from Federal Signal, making Ampekko the largest UK-based manufacturer of voice evacuation products. US-based Federal Signal had acquired Millbank in 1999 (and Ampekko would itself be acquired by Australia's Vision Systems in 2004)."
This month: Leeds United
"When I visit these towns now, I find myself struggling to find a decent patch of wasteland where you can love the sound of breaking glass, or a properly menacing pub: one that sends a frisson of inner-city threat right through your beer as you avoid catching the eye of the local wife-beater."
This month: The Compact Cassette
"Should you still mark an anniversary when the thing itself is no longer really used? It's an interesting question in the case of the cassette tape, introduced at the Berlin Radio Show in August 1963. When was the last time you used one?"
This month: Production manager Alex Harris
"I got into guitars whilst serving in the army but I've always been a better technician than a musician. I got my first gig as a backline tech back in the late '90s through a friend who knew Dave Hill from Slade. They needed a tech for an upcoming Christmas theatre tour and after a very brief phone interview with Slade's manager Lenny, I was on the road with the old-school glam rockers."
This month: Ian Dow recalls Showlight 2013, in CeskĂ˝ Krumlov
". . . delegates were led outside to see the castle gardens outlined with the baroque version of moving lights: 2,800 candles made from an ancient wax recipe contained in pots which had been hand-made by the castle staff."
This month: The Barista's Etiquette
"When I started out riding the faders of live sound, concert audio wasn't really taught. At college, I had one afternoon in a three-year course on live PA systems."
This month: Transporter
"Now, here is all at once a great idea and proof that Kickstarter, covered last month, actually works: Transporter, sort of your own private version of Dropbox."
This month: Whose gig is it anyway?
"Many of the frustrations that riggers suffer are due to the fact that the people employing them donâ€™t understand rigging and who does what . . ."
This month: Adding Fibre to Your Video Diet
"If you are in video production and you want to have a more secure future in the business, learning how to terminate fibre will give you a skill that will be in increasing demand as video formats and networks become more bandwidth hungry.""
This month: Paul Watson talks to Keith Wood, tour and production manager for AEG.
"A tour today can literally be half a dozen shows if that, but also, tour schedules are becoming a lot tighter now. You donâ€™t have half as many days off, as the nature of the business and the economics that surround it mean when youâ€™re not working, youâ€™re not earning money."