26 May 2016

Stageco's Monolithic achievement for Beyoncé

Stageco's Monolithic achievement for BeyoncéBelgium - For many show designers, it can be frustrating to see countless audience members gazing at I-Mag screens for prolonged spells, rather than concentrating on what really matters: the stage action. In conjuring her set design magic for Beyoncé's eagerly anticipated Formation world tour, however, Es Devlin has ensured that all eyes remain on the star's performance by creating an enormous, rotating video screen box - widely referred to as the 'Monolith' - that relies heavily on customised equipment and R&D know-how ... More >>

Colour Sound for Above & Beyond Acoustic

Colour Sound for Above & Beyond AcousticUK - Electronic music innovators Above and Beyond played two high profile UK shows on their much anticipated Acoustic world tour at two beautiful and historically significant Albert Halls - the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in central London and the charismatic Albert Hall Manchester, a more intimate but equally beautiful space, formerly a Methodist church. Lighting and visuals for the tour are designed by Neil Marsh, while equipment and crew for these and a warm-up in Utrecht, were delivered by Colour Sound Experiment. Colour Sound ... More >>

Chauvet adds versatility to Foam Wonderland

Chauvet adds versatility to Foam WonderlandUSA - The rainstorm experience at the Foam Wonderland tour is always intense with a thunderous bass, bright flashes of light, and foam cannons that shoot massive projectiles of foam over the crowd. The music is always edgy too, with EDM heavies laying down tracks that keep everyone on their feet. Although the intensity level on this national tour is unfailingly high, it plays out on stages of very different sizes. On some nights the tour will stop at mid-sized venues, while on others the nonstop action will play out in spacious ... More >>

311 marks another 311 Day with Clay Paky

311 marks another 311 Day with Clay PakyUSA - Rock band 311 recently celebrated their biennial 311 Day with two arena shows in New Orleans on 11 and 12 March. Lighting designer Joe Paradise of House Lights Go Inc, and assistant designer/programmer Bobby Grey selected Clay Paky fixtures for the event, which drew 15,000 fans. Paradise was charged with enhancing and interpreting the band's musical style while bringing some big looks to the event, which featured 86 songs across the two shows. Paradise focused his design around 311's signature honeycomb beehive motif. He used ... More >>

Milan's Arcadia Cinema invests in Leopard

Milan's Arcadia Cinema invests in LeopardItaly - The recently upgraded Sala Energia auditorium at the Arcadia Melzo multiplex in suburban Milan, Italy is the first cinema anywhere to power all of its screen channels with Meyer Sound Leopard line array loudspeakers. The 630-seat Sala Energia now contains the most powerful permanent Meyer Sound cinema system in the world, as well as one of Europe's largest Dolby Atmos systems. "When I first heard the Leopard-based system in our Sala Energia, I was so excited and enthusiastic that I was moved to tears," recalls Piero Fumagalli, ... More >>

SSL doubles up at Christ Community Church

SSL doubles up at Christ Community ChurchUSA - Christ Community Church technical director Michael Montanari has specified SSL L500 consoles for both front-of-house and monitor positions at its St Charles campus in Chicago. The consoles were purchased from SSL Live partner TC Furlong. The 2000-capacity St Charles Campus auditorium has a regular Saturday afternoon service and two Sunday morning services, as well as a number of larger events throughout the year, including special worship nights and visiting touring acts. The Sunday services are streamed live over a dedicated ... More >>

Scenius moving head spots on Pearl Jam tour

Scenius moving head spots on Pearl Jam tourUSA - Pearl Jam has hit the road on its 2016 North American tour with a large complement of Clay Paky Scenius moving head spotlights enhancing their sold-out shows. Pearl Jam, which has sold an estimated 60m records worldwide, is playing arena, festival and stadium dates across the US and in Canada throughout the spring and summer. Lighting designer Kille J. Knobel, who has worked with the band for 16 years, obtained 36 Scenius fixtures for the rig from Upstaging, Inc. in Sycamore, Illinois. "We've been providing lighting systems for ... More >>

Aurora strengthens project management team

Aurora strengthens project management teamUK - Television and entertainment lighting rental specialists Aurora has announced the addition of Joe Marter to their project management team. Having spent a number of years at Aurora in the role of equipment co-ordinator, responsible for the preparation and maintenance of a wide variety of lighting equipment, Joe brings with him an industry perspective and a serious understanding of the company's product range. With additional experience gained through his time as technical manager with London Light, the transition to project manager ... More >>

New operations executive at TSG

New operations executive at TSGUK - Event policing specialist TSG has promoted former temporary team member Martin White to operations executive, a full-time position. Responsible for maintaining trained staff numbers and equipment, White will also look after the logistics behind TSG deployments, liaise with clients and support the perpetual push for new business. After 23 years in senior management at the MOD, where he was schooled in high-risk search, explosive ordnance disposal and crisis management, White worked with a number of private security agencies, ... More >>

Bandit backs Cancer Society festival

Bandit backs Cancer Society festivalUSA - The American Cancer Society recently held RelayLIVE, a musical festival which advocates "fighting cancer at every stage". Bandit Lites donated a lighting package for the inaugural concert that included a line-up of Alanna Royale, Stella//James, Jordan DePaul, Nikki Williams, Megan Davies, Raquel Cole, Zeke Ducon, Shawn Byrne, Jenn Bostic and Daphne Willis. Leading up to the event, participants and businesses formed teams which raised both money and awareness towards eliminating cancer. According to the event's website, more than ... More >>

Professional Wireless Systems chooses Bel Digital

Professional Wireless Systems chooses Bel DigitalUSA - Professional Wireless Systems, a subsidiary of Masque Sound, has purchased the first two newly-released Bel Digital BM-A1-64DANTE monitoring units for their latest music awards show in Miami, Florida. Jim Van Winkle, general manager of PWS, says, "We had an analogue monitoring system, but it required us to either put a splitter in line or get a return feed from the main show splitter. We had been looking for a way to monitor through Dante and we decided this box would be a good solution. "We recently deployed the Bel monitors for ... More >>

BrightSign supports Grand Hyatt Hotel video wall

BrightSign supports Grand Hyatt Hotel video wallUSA - BrightSign reports that its players are driving a prominent video wall at The Grand Hyatt Hotel, located in the heart of San Francisco's Union Square. The wall was needed to replace an existing video wall that had been temperamental for nearly two years. The challenges included budget; that the 3x8 array of screens was mounted 20ft above the lobby floor; and that installation of the new videowall needed to happen during the holiday shopping season to reach completion by the 24 December deadline. AV Structural was awarded the ... More >>

Danley on song at Atlanta's Velvet Note

Danley on song at Atlanta's Velvet NoteUSA - Although it's been open for a mere four years in the northern suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, The Velvet Note has attracted national attention. Its intimate room seats only 40 and was carefully designed by George Seldon to support music with stunning, well-balanced acoustics. "We take a lot of pride in the sound of our room," said Tamara Fuller, The Velvet Note's owner and nightly head-of-ceremonies. "We call it 'the acoustic living room,' and we've done everything we can to make it the very best way to experience live music." "Until ... More >>

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