24 May 2016

The Week in Lighting & Sound

The Week in Lighting & SoundOnline Fraud - Music and sports fans trying to secure event tickets lost more than £5m to online fraud in 2015, councils have revealed. Customers who fell victim to ticket fraud lost an average of £444 per transaction, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said. It urged social media sites urged to do more to prevent the problem as they were used for almost half of the scams. Councils have warned that the problem is increasing, with total losses up from £3.35m in 2014. Officials say that summer could be "ripe for ... More >>

PLASA Focus Leeds 2016 welcomes a 9% increase in visitor numbers

PLASA Focus Leeds 2016 welcomes a 9% increase in visitor numbersUK - The 8th Edition to PLASA Focus Leeds was once again a hit with the entertainment technology industry, welcoming record numbers of brands and a 9% increase in visitor numbers from 2015. The launch of the new Pavilion enabled the sell-out event to attract more new technology products to the show floor and saw the show appeal to even more buyers with the 2016 edition welcoming more than 2,600 attendees. Christopher Toulmin, Director of PLASA Events comments: "The feedback from the show so far has been extremely positive, with a large ... More >>

Ayrton unleashes powerful stadium wash

Ayrton unleashes powerful stadium washEurope - WildSun-S25 is the colour-mixing cousin of Ayrton's WildSunK25 wash light. The new full-colour model packs 217 highly efficient single RGBW LED emitters into a compact moving head and punches out 60,000 lumens of light. This output rivals that of 4000W HMI luminaires fitted with colour filters, but with far greater flexibility of use and lower maintenance, says the company. WildSun-S25's four-colour mixing is based on an ingenious arrangement of emitters combined with a holographic filter, which optimises the colour mix to ... More >>

Univision's La Banda gets flexible with Chauvet

Univision's La Banda gets flexible with ChauvetUSA - A new and unproven programme that opens against the season debut of the NFL's Sunday Night Football, the US Open Men's Finals and the return of Fear of the Walking Dead might not be expected to draw a large audience, but Univision's La Banda defied expectations by pulling in 2.6m viewers in the US and earning the distinction of being the most tweeted about program in its time slot when it premiered on 13 September. It helped that the Simon Cowell-produced reality show, which searched for the next Latin boy band, had ... More >>

Family & friends of Dave Cartwright hold Charity Ball

Family & friends of Dave Cartwright hold Charity BallUK - The Huntingdonshire Charity Ball has been organised by Le Mark's Kirsty Fisher, the partner of the late Dave Cartwright. Dave, Le Mark's national business development manager, tragically suffered a stroke in June 2015 and passed away one month later. Kirsty wanted to commemorate the anniversary of Dave's passing and at the same time find a way to thank and support both the Woodlands Centre at Hinchingbrooke and Addenbrookes Hospitals, which battled to save his life. After discussing with friends and colleagues Kirsty's decision was ... More >>

Chauvet fixtures give new look to New Covenant Fellowship

Chauvet fixtures give new look to New Covenant FellowshipUK - Nestled on 23 rolling acres in one of the most picturesque regions of the US, the 700-seat New Covenant Fellowship church offers its members plenty of opportunities to worship, bond and enjoy life outdoors. There is the community garden, a community playground for children and a restful area where people can sit and read. Recently, as the church celebrated its 20th anniversary, its members complemented the natural beauty of their surroundings by enhancing the appearance of their building's interior with help from a collection of 30 ... More >>

FIX8Group delivers video content for Eurovision 2016

FIX8Group delivers video content for Eurovision 2016Sweden - Visual production expert FIX8Group was part of the team operating the stunning video content for all 43 competing acts as well as pop megastar Justin Timberlake's performance at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 (ESC 2016). The 61st edition themed 'Come Together' was held at Stockholm's Globe arena and hosted by last year's Swedish champion Måns Zelmerlöf alongside returning host Petra Mede. It's reported more than 200 million viewers around the world tuned in to watch the grand final. This total included the USA, where the show ... More >>

Powersoft and EAW power Parc Olympique

Powersoft and EAW power Parc OlympiqueFrance - Situated in the French city of Lyon, the new Parc Olympique Lyonnais has ensured that its 59,000 capacity stadium will be served by pristine, broadcast quality audio - thanks to Powersoft's Ottocanali multi-channel amplifiers and EAW's high output, point source QX loudspeakers - as it prepares to be the main host for a major sports tournament this summer. Axente, a well-respected professional audio distributor in France, and integration specialists Groupe SNEF and Axians worked together to design the distributed sound ... More >>

4EVAC appoints Danish distributor

4EVAC appoints Danish distributorDenmark - 4EVAC has confirmed the appointment of its new Danish distributor, Pro-Partner AV Solution A/S at El & TEKNIK 2016, the annual commercial electronics exhibition in Denmark. 4EVAC presented its range of commercial voice-alarm control and iIndication equipment systems solutions at the show. The new 4EVAC Compact500 audio/voice evacuation system made an impact as a systems' solution in a 'box'. Offering the latest Voice-Alarm technology for modern environments, the Compact500 is easy to install and fulfills the exacting demands ... More >>

Clay Paky showcased atop Chilean skyscraper

Clay Paky showcased atop Chilean skyscraperChile - Clay Paky's Chilean distributor, Valook, showcased more than 80 units of the company's latest fixtures as part of an open day event for local rental and production companies, theatres, lighting designers and TV representatives. Organised by Valook - which has been a Clay Paky distributor since 2014 - the event was held on the rooftop of Santiago's 64-storey Costanera Centre Tower, which opened in 2013 and is the tallest skyscraper in South America. On show were Clay Paky's Mythos, Glow Up, Scenius Spot, Sharpy, Sharpy Wash, ... More >>

Dream Sets lights Naledi Theatre Awards 2016

Dream Sets lights Naledi Theatre Awards 2016South Africa - The principal event in the Gauteng theatre calendar came to a dazzling climax in April, when the winners of the prestigious Naledi Theatre Awards were announced to a packed audience at the Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City, Johannesburg. Set and lighting designer Robert Hoey from Dream Sets incorporated a Robe rig for a glitzy look and feel. This year Robe Lighting, DWR Distribution and Dream Sets assisted as sponsors for the event. The winners include Kevin Stannet - Best Lighting Designer for Nataniel's After ... More >>

Grace Immanuel upgrades with dLive

Grace Immanuel upgrades with dLiveUSA - Located in Jupiter, Florida, Grace Immanuel Bible Church holds two identical worship services each Sunday with a smaller service Sunday evening in its 650-seat sanctuary. Services feature a blend of traditional and modern worship music for all ages and cultures with several vocalists and a variety of instruments and percussion. To support its worship services and special programs, Grace Immanuel recently acquired an Allen & Heath S7000 digital mixer with a DM64 MixRack and DX32 Expander. Dan Kreider, Grace Immanuel's Minister of ... More >>

Kansas celebrate anniversary with Bandit Lites

Kansas celebrate anniversary with Bandit LitesUSA - Rock band Kansas is about to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the multi-platinum album Leftoverture right on the heels of the release of a brand new album Prelude Implicit, their first album since 2000. The Dust in the Wind super group is currently gearing up for the celebratory fall tour (which will feature the entirety of Leftoverture performed in sequence, in addition to other hits and new songs) with a spring tour that included a lighting package from Bandit Lites. Lighting director Scott Pearson ... More >>

Nexo plays key role at Vive Latino

Nexo plays key role at Vive LatinoMexico - The jewel in the crown of Mexico's live music scene is the Vive Latino festival. Now in its 17th year, this hugely successful concert weekend takes place in the Foro Sol in Mexico City. Its concept is to gather important and upcoming bands from all over Ibero-America. This year, 150,000 people gathered to hear the performances of 70 artists and groups from 18 countries. As in previous years, the primary PA systems were provided by Tecnoson Espectaculos, for the promoter OCESA Group. Under the leadership of sound designer Sergio ... More >>

Platinum FLX flexibility for Alan Jackson

Platinum FLX flexibility for Alan JacksonUSA - Production and lighting designer for country music veteran Alan Jackson's 2016 Still Keepin' it Country tour, Craig Rutherford of Blueshift Design, was looking for something that could do more than the ubiquitous beam light and found it in Elation Professional's multi-functional Platinum FLX. Alan Jackson is one of the most successful country artists of his generation having sold over 80m records worldwide with 35 songs hitting number one on country music charts. As an encore to his successful 25th Anniversary Keepin' it Country ... More >>

PR Lighting on song at Mendoza's wine festival

PR Lighting on song at Mendoza's wine festivalArgentina - Since 1963, the Fiesta de la Vendimia (Grape Harvest Festival) has taken place at the Frank Romero Day Greek Theatre, located in Mendoza's General San Martin Park in Argentina. The event is organised by the local government of Mendoza (with support from the Argentinian national government) and this year the Mendocinos again turned out in force, with around 40,000 (including many wine connoisseurs) assembling every night over the four days. The company who tendered successfully for the technological infrastructure was Merino ... More >>

Robe in Unruly Mess with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Robe in Unruly Mess with Macklemore & Ryan LewisUK - Chaos, craziness, excitement and anticipation all give Macklemore & Ryan Lewis gigs an edgy vitality. A turbo-charged whirlwind of energy, politics, clever and meaningful lyrics and some great music, accompanied by impressive lighting and visuals. Their just released new album The Unruly Mess I've Made follows up 2012's Grammy award winning The Heist with the band embarking on a major new world tour. The lighting and visuals design is by Paul 'Arlo' Guthrie and the rig includes Robe BMFL Spots and PATT 2013s. Arlo has ... More >>

Robert Juliat profiles for Netherlands Royal Theatre

Robert Juliat profiles for Netherlands Royal TheatreThe Netherlands - The Koninklijke Schouwburg, or Royal Theatre, in The Hague has recently taken stock of a large number of Robert Juliat 614SX 1200W tungsten profile lanterns, supplied by Robert Juliat's project partner for the Netherlands, Controllux, in a major refreshment of its lighting inventory. Built at the end of the eighteenth century as a palace for Prince Charles of Nassau-Weilburg, the beautiful building of the Koninklijke Schouwburg was transformed into a theatre in 1804 and is now one of the oldest theatres in The ... More >>

Ronnie Scott's goes digital with DiGiCo

Ronnie Scott's goes digital with DiGiCoUK - The original Ronnie Scott's opened its doors in October 1959 as a small basement club where local musicians could jam with others who shared their passion. Almost six decades later, and in its Soho home, Ronnie Scott's is one of the world's best-known jazz clubs, regularly hosting the genre's biggest names as well as nurturing rising stars. The club also offers a diverse programme of live music including Latin, jive, blues, flamenco, tap dancing and DJ sets which has helped make it the place to be for both the new hipster ... More >>

Stage Audio Services invests in MLA Compact

Stage Audio Services invests in MLA CompactUK - When Kevin Mobberley set up his West Midlands based rental company Stage Audio Services at the beginning of the 1980s, the mainstay of his PA inventory consisted of Martin Audio's classic B1, B2 and legendary MH212 'Philishave' components. Fast forward 35 years and the wheel has turned full circle as the company has placed the first of what will become several tranches of investment, in the High Wycombe manufacturer's new MLA platform. They have acquired a substantial MLA Compact rig (including MLX subs) promising that this will be ... More >>

Tait helps P!nk take flight at Billboard Music Awards

Tait helps P!nk take flight at Billboard Music AwardsUSA - The 2016 Billboard Music Awards delivered an action packed, star-studded and powerful show. As touted by both Billboard and Rolling Stone, P!NK flew away (literally) with one of the best performances. Consistent with her now infamous previous live performances, P!NK took flight and soared acrobatically above the Billboard Music Award audience, for her world television debut of her latest single Just Like Fire, a song from the Alice Through the Looking Glass soundtrack. To accomplish this dare-devil feat, Tait Towers, ... More >>

TDC breaks production records for Vivid Sydney

TDC breaks production records for Vivid SydneyAustralia - With less than one week to go until the lights ignite Vivid Sydney 2016, TDC - Technical Direction Company is working closely with organisers to deliver record-breaking technical production. After 11 months of planning and research into new technology and trends, TDC is finalizing their design for city-wide multimedia that will be deployed across the festival's footprint and brought together with participating local and international artists and designers. Some fun facts about what goes on behind the scenes includes: TDC ... More >>

Utopium invests to expand creative possibilities

Utopium invests to expand creative possibilitiesUK - Utopium has invested in new lighting and rigging equipment to expand its creative possibilities and offer improved energy efficiency and the highest quality performance. This investment has bolstered Utopium's already extensive inventory, increasing its choice of modern LED lighting and the latest rigging equipment available to production companies, lighting designers, venue managers and event organisers. Utopium's range of new products includes SGM P-2 LED RGBW Floods, Martin MAC Quantum Profile LED Moving Lights, Chauvet Rogue R1 ... More >>

XLNT CyberMotion's CyberHoist II delivers for Eurovision

XLNT CyberMotion's CyberHoist II delivers for EurovisionSweden - XLNT Advanced Technologies' industry-leading CyberHoist II system has delivered seamless and reliable automation across the colossal live production of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 (ESC 2016). Europe's biggest televised event, which was reportedly seen by 200 million worldwide, was staged at Stockholm's Globe Arena. Technical director Ola Melzig, who is nothing short of a Eurovision expert with extensive experience managing the event's technical set-up since 2000, specified the CyberHoist II system from ESC 2016 official ... More >>

Event Acoustics appoints European distributors for MeTrao

Event Acoustics appoints European distributors for MeTraoUK - Following the announcement of its appointment of independent audio engineering and design consultancy Vanguardia as its UK distributor for MeTrao, its unique intelligent network audio measurement system, Acoustic and audio specialist Event Acoustics has also assigned Istanbul-based ELIT the sole rights for Turkey, and audio visual design and distribution specialist ZAP S.A for Switzerland. An unparalleled tool, MeTrao provides audio professionals and event organisers with a quick and easy way to measure and observe the increasingly ... More >>

ETC debuts Unison Echo Expansion Bridge

ETC debuts Unison Echo Expansion BridgeUSA - ETC continues to expand its Unison Echo line of products with the new Echo Expansion Bridge. "We're thrilled about continually expanding the capabilities of Echo control systems," says ETC architectural market manager Bryan Palmer. "It's an exciting time at ETC." Buildings and venues that want to expand current Echo control systems will find Echo Expansion Bridge is a solution. Each Echo Expansion Bridge can contain up to four Echo segments, each segment supporting the existing Echo maximum of 16 spaces with each space allowing up ... More >>

Schertler's UNICO completes compact series

Schertler's UNICO completes compact seriesSwitzerland - Schertler has completed its family of "next generation" acoustic amplifiers with the release of UNICO, a compact five-channel amp that "combines performance power and versatility with excellent sound quality". Equipped with a 1" dome tweeter and 10" woofer, and featuring an optimized 2-way bass reflex construction, UNICO offers 250W (200W + 50W) of bi-amplified power. As well as proving ideal for acoustic instrument amplification and performing well in jazz ensembles, UNICO's 10" woofer also makes it a good crossover amp ... More >>

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