28 June 2016

The Week in Lighting & Sound

The Week in Lighting & SoundStayin' Alive - Coldplay gave Glastonbury's grand finale with a little help from the Bee Gees. Barry Gibb joined the band for two Bee Gee covers - To Love Somebody and what Chris Martin called "the greatest song of all time", Stayin' Alive. Gibb was meant to play Glastonbury's "legend" slot this year, but pulled out when a family member fell ill. The Bee Gee tribute came towards the end of a set that defied the pouring rain. "This is our favourite place in the world!" declared Chris Martin. Judgement Day - Led ... More >>

PLASA 2016 Rigging Conference line-up announced

PLASA 2016 Rigging Conference line-up announcedUK - PLASA 2016 has announced the line-up for its ever popular Rigging Conference, which this year is supported by Unusual Rigging as Platinum sponsor. The conference is being curated for the seventh year running by Total Solutions' Chris Higgs, with a keynote presentation by Rocky Paulson, founder of Stage Rigging Inc. Held on the first day of the PLASA Show (London Olympia, 18-20 September), this unique conference looks at the issues that are specific to rigging for the entertainment industry and regularly attracts over 150 ... More >>

Ayrton debuts AlienPix-RS

Ayrton debuts AlienPix-RSFrance - Belonging to Ayrton's new 'RS' product line, AlienPix-RS is a conceptual, multi-rotational fixture that combines a multiplicity of effects within a single luminaire. Inspired by fixtures from the '70s and '80s, AlienPix-RS is a reinterpretation which uses modern technology, optics and LED sources to "create revolutionary new volumetric 3D effects". AlienPix-RS is formed of five spot heads surrounding a central disk, each of which contains a tight, 3.5° RGBW LED emitter. Each emitter has a centre-beam luminous intensity of ... More >>

Robe adds magic for 2CELLOS Verona concert

Robe adds magic for 2CELLOS Verona concertItaly - Leading Slovenian lighting designer Crt Birsa specified 87 x Robe moving lights including Pointes, MMX Spots and MMX WashBeams for a special fifth anniversary concert by Croatian superstars 2CELLOs, staged at the beautifully atmospheric Verona Arena in Italy. The cello duo of Luka Šulic and Stjephan Hauser have seen their fame and popularity soar since 2011 when their cover of Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal went viral on You Tube. Now signed to Sony Masterworks, they have produced three studio albums and perform their ... More >>

GLS makes major GLP investment

GLS makes major GLP investmentUK - GLS Lighting in Southampton, UK, part of the HSL Group family, has made a significant investment in over 200 new fixtures from leading manufacturer German Lighting Products (GLP), adding to its already extensive hire inventory in the South. The new equipment will be based at and available from GLS's facility - conveniently around one hour from the M25 London ring - and will also be available from all the HSL Equipment Banks across the UK and Ireland - currently Blackburn, Belfast and Dublin - in addition to Southampton. "The large ... More >>

Avolites controls fast-paced rave lighting for Cream Tours at T13 warehouse

Avolites controls fast-paced rave lighting for Cream Tours at T13 warehouseUK - Event lighting designer John McGuinness of Just Lite Productions chose a carefully tuned mix of Avolites products; Sapphire Touch, Tiger Touch II and Fader Wing, Quartz, Ai Infinity media server and ART2000 48" Dimmer racks, to control his erising show design for legendary dance event Cream Tours at Belfast's T13 warehouse. Event promoter Notorious Parties welcomed the return of the event with its cast of DJing elite including; dance music giant John O'Callaghan, Bryan Kearney, Will Atkinson, STANDERWICK, Agnelli and Nelson and ... More >>

Chauvet ÉPIX delivers for Samsung Fest

Chauvet ÉPIX delivers for Samsung FestUSA - Some buildings seem destined to become obsolete before their concrete has even dried. Such was the case with the Austin Downtown Post Office, an ungainly grey and white structure built in 1996 and closed only two decades later. Derided by a local scribe as an "urban disaster", the luckless building on Block 51 never delivered much mail, but for three nights earlier this year, it did deliver a lot of eye-popping visual excitement, thanks in part to a collection of ÉPIX Strip 2.0 RGB linear fixtures from Chauvet Professional. ... More >>

Coveloz joins AIMS

Coveloz joins AIMSCanada - AIMS has announced that Coveloz has joined the alliance. Coveloz offers technology solutions to address the time-sensitive networking of audio, video and control signals. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, Coveloz is focused on developing programmable embedded technologies, with a specialty in deterministic networking. Combining proprietary new hardware and software solutions with world-class engineering services, the company accelerates and lowers the cost of new product introduction in broadcast, pro-AV and Industrial markets. "... More >>

Download gets Serious Stages

Download gets Serious StagesUK - Over 100 bands performed on Serious Stages in front of 80,000 rock fans, as Serious supplied staging and ancillary structures to Download Festival for the first time, 10-12 June 2016. The 13th Download Festival boasted headline performances from Rammstein, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden, with Serious providing the stages to house rock royalty and structures to house their production equipment. A Serious designed and manufactured 25m x 30m Tower Roof was the main stage, which was renamed The Lemmy Stage in memory of the late ... More >>

ETC Lustr brings colour to American Idiot

ETC Lustr brings colour to American IdiotUSA - When American Idiot hit the Broadway stage in 2010, theatregoers were treated to more than just the punk-rock sounds of Green Day's rock opera; they experienced the visual impact that lighting can bring to storytelling. When Pace University staged American Idiot in 2016, lighting designer Zach Blane took an approach with his lighting rig that - like punk rock - broke the rules. As Blane's design required getting a wide range of colours from his rig, his choice of units was critical. "I selected an assortment of ETC [... More >>

Fineline lights Snowboxx 2016

Fineline lights Snowboxx 2016France - Fineline supplied lighting for two venues - Main Stage and Club XX - at the six day 2016 Snowboxx Festival staged in the spectacular French Alpine ski resort of Avoriaz. The event now in its fourth year, is a week of activities culminating in three days of music in an intimate 4000 capacity boutique festival for lovers of snow sports, dance music and great vibes. It was the first year that Fineline has been involved as a technical supplier. Stu England designed the rigs for both areas, which were based on being flexible to give ... More >>

Francesco Gabbani tours with Qu-Pac

Francesco Gabbani tours with Qu-PacItaly - Electropop artist, Francesco Gabbani, recently took Allen & Heath's ultra-compact Qu-Pac digital mixer on tour, selected by FOH engineer, Fabrizio Fruzzetti. Gabbani is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, and recently released his award-winning second studio album, Eternamente Ora, which includes the hit single, Amen. The tour supports the album release and includes dates across the country. Fruzzetti is sound engineer for many top artists and festivals in Italy, including Primavera Jazz Festival, ... More >>

Hog Factor 2016 - Still time to register!

Hog Factor 2016 - Still time to register!USA - High End Systems' Hog Factor 2016 competition is open for enrolment to all qualifying college and university students, and Phase One of the contest will close on 30 June 2016. All information, rules and most importantly the programming package can be obtained by going to www.highend.com/hogfactor. Just as in the inaugural 2015 competition, all students are able to take part by downloading Hog 4 PC and the special Light Converse show file by registering at the above link, and there is no charge for participation. Following Phase 1 ... More >>

Latin Rhythms in Valencia with D.A.S. Audio

Latin Rhythms in Valencia with D.A.S. AudioSpain - La 57, a modern nightclub in Valencia recently upped its sound game with the installation of a brand-new D.A.S. Audio professional sound system. La 57 is the city's biggest Latin music club and has quickly turned into a hotspot for both the locals who love salsa, bachata, merengue and mambo music and the large South American community living in Valencia. The venue owners called in Telesonic Valencia to design a new sound system that would offer the club's guests top-of-the-line sound quality. Francisco Planells, a local sound ... More >>

Platinum FLX for 2016 Duftstars Awards

Platinum FLX for 2016 Duftstars AwardsGermany - Full service production company satis&fy provided the entertainment technology and decorative atmosphere for the 2016 Duftstars Awards in Berlin, the German perfume industry's premier accolade, and used their new stock of Elation Professional Platinum FLX hybrid moving heads on the event. The Fragrance Foundation of Germany announced the winners of the awards at a presentation ceremony held on 12 May at Kraftwerk Berlin. Held under the motto 'The Power of Fragrance!' and actually one of the top galas in the German-speaking ... More >>

Rolling Stones' Exhibitionism relies on KV2

Rolling Stones' Exhibitionism relies on KV2UK - KV2 reports that the Rolling Stones exhibition Exhibitionism is relying heavily on KV2 Audio loudspeakers to invite audiences in to the rock n' roll world of the band. Set in London's Saatchi Gallery, Exhibitionism takes visitors through the sprawling history of the band via nine individually themed rooms ranging from an immersive and realistic reconstruction of their first shared flat, culminating in a backstage and 3D surround sound concert experience. A total of 30 products from the passive ESD range and active EX range were ... More >>

Wild & Marr to participate at Instruments Expo

Wild & Marr to participate at Instruments ExpoSouth Africa - After a successful inaugural event in 2015, the SA Guitar and Music Instruments Expo returns in 2016 at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg. Wild & Marr, one of South Africa's leading importers and distributors of professional sound equipment will be exhibiting at this year's Expo. "A number of our brands have products that are well suited for retailers and people interested in pursuing a career in music," says Andrew Sorrill, marketing manager at Wild & Marr. "We will be showcasing some of these products that are perfect ... More >>

ZZ Top raise hell with Electro-Voice

ZZ Top raise hell with Electro-VoiceUSA - Describing his five years as FOH engineer for ZZ Top, Joe Keiser calls it "The never-ending tour - they work harder than any other band I know". The group's 2016 season began in March, playing arenas and large theatres across North America. Dubbed the Hell Raisers tour, the group decided to travel light, renting a sound system at each venue, exposing Keiser to a wide variety of products. One that stood out for both its sound quality and ease of use was the Electro-Voice X2 line-array loudspeaker system supplied by NLFX ... More >>

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