30 August 2016

The Week in Lighting & Sound

The Week in Lighting & SoundCalled to the Bar - Fans of Motorhead frontman Lemmy raised more than $22,000 (£16,600) for a life-size statue at his favourite bar in Los Angeles. Dozens of fans turned out to see the unveiling of the 6ft bronze sculpture that will immortalise him at the Rainbow Bar and Grill on West Hollywood's Sunset Strip. Cheryl Keuleman and Motorhead's long-time manager Todd Singerman were among those who paid tribute to Stoke-born singer who died in December. Singerman, who managed Motorhead from 1992 until the group disbanded after Lemmy's ... More >>

TRS appointed Kinesys distributor for Australia

TRS appointed Kinesys distributor for AustraliaAustralia - UK-based automation specialist and manufacturer Kinesys has appointed The Rigging Shop (TRS) as the exclusive distributor for its products in Australia and New Zealand. Based in New South Wales, the sales dedicated TRS operation is part of Pollard Productions, popular and well-respected rigging professionals working in all areas of live shows and events, TV productions and concert touring, which has been established for 35 years. Pollard is also a long term customer of Kinesys. The announcement follows a recent visit to ... More >>

First Robe Spikies in Africa

First Robe Spikies in AfricaNamibia - The first Robe Spikies to be purchased on the African continent have gone to Windhoek, Namibia based rental company Mikel-Jes which purchased eight units from Robe's distributor DWR in Johannesburg. The events market in Namibia is currently buoyant, and Robe - thanks to the hard work of DWR and the leading Namibian rental companies' willingness to invest in premium products - is well established as a moving light brand amongst the top production companies in the country which is most definitely 'emerging'. Michael Vermeulen ... More >>

Avolites delivers pop-up festival versatility

Avolites delivers pop-up festival versatilityUK - The National Theatre's (NT) River Stage Weekends festival has returned to London's Southbank, with chief lighting designer Huw Llewellyn choosing an Avolites Tiger Touch II and Fader Wing running the latest Titan v10 to deliver versatile, power-packed control across the month-long programme of weekend takeovers. A free festival, River Stage plays host to a diverse range of artists and acts from family friendly workshops to energetic riverside raves. Throughout August, the festival has seen numerous National Theatre partners from ... More >>

Powersoft powers Pope's massive Outline rig

Powersoft powers Pope's massive Outline rigPoland - Such a grand scale event as the recent World Youth Days, held in the former Polish capital city of Kraków, required a sound system to deliver the words of worship, clearly and intelligibly, to the vast crowd of 2.5m pilgrims from all around the globe, gathered on the 1,200-acre site of Brzegi's Campus Misericordiae. The company entrusted with supplying this was Poznan based rental company Gigant Sound Letus. They delivered system sets including a total of 66 delay towers (with equipment on two towers and altar doubled, to ... More >>

A magical weekend with Ayrton

A magical weekend with AyrtonEurope - Working with the Ayrton MagicDot-R luminaires proved to be a rewarding and pleasurable 'Weekend' experience for Litecom's designer, Mikkel Samuelsen, at the recent Weekend (WKND) Festival. This exciting northern hemisphere event took place in Sweden, Finland and Estonia on the same weekend, at the start of August, with MagicDot-R debuting at the Swedish Festival in Stockholm. Topline acts in the line-up included Fatboy Slim, Tiësto, Example and Tigerlily. Samuelsen was asked to create a design for the main WKND stage and chose ... More >>

Ampco sends dLive on Soulwax tour

Ampco sends dLive on Soulwax tourEurope - Belgian electro rock band, Soulwax, has embarked on a summer tour of Europe with Allen & Heath dLive digital mixing systems and a ME personal monitoring system to manage FOH, monitors and recording. Soulwax's band members wanted to create a "20th Century" sound by incorporating several vintage Trident Fleximix consoles on stage for pre mixing. FOH engineer, Hugo Scholten, needed a system that could manage up to 128 input channels to blend the vintage stems with any of the individual mic/line channels for the final FOH mix. ... More >>

API announces new Indonesia dealer

API announces new Indonesia dealerIndonesia - API has recently added Jakarta-based Audio Station to their list of dealers. Established in 2012 with a mission to provide reliable services and innovative products to customers, the dedicated team at Audio Station is now able to offer the sound of API to Indonesia's audio professionals. "Audio Station make an excellent addition to the growing API family," said API president Larry Droppa. "We share the same philosophy regarding the customer - to provide the highest level of quality and service that we can to enhance the ... More >>

Bandit adds Martin Sceptrons to inventory

Bandit adds Martin Sceptrons to inventoryUSA - Bandit Lites' massive touring inventory continues to grow with the addition of Martin's VDO Sceptron 10. The linear LED video fixture provides easy setup, configuration and allows lighting designers a wide variety of looks for both indoor and outdoor looks. Lighting designer Sooner Routhier specified the Sceptron for Shinedown's Carnival of Madness Tour, with the fixtures integrated within the set pieces to provide video content for the multiplatinum rock band. The ease to which the Sceptrons could be daisy-chained together ... More >>

Chauvet panels enhance Building 429's image

Chauvet panels enhance Building 429's imageUSA - Dove Award-winning and Grammy-nominated Christian band Building 429 has enjoyed considerable success as recording artists. Their 2013 recording Listen to the Sound holds the record for the longest unbroken run at the top of the Billboard Christian Charts. It is at live concerts, though, where the quartet really shines, as their anthem-like choruses, heartfelt melodies and raw, honest devotion create a powerful connection to fans. On their 2016 tour, the band forged an even stronger fan bond with a new lightshow that ... More >>

CSD and Chauvet add flexibility to historic church

CSD and Chauvet add flexibility to historic churchUSA - Walk down North Jefferson Street in the historic district of Indiana's 'Lime City' and it's easy to become lost in time. Huntington earned its nickname because at one time it was a centreof limestone production, and the stately homes on Jefferson Street, many of which date back to the 1840s, bear witness to the city's solid traditions. Not far from this historic district is another time-honoured part of Huntington's culture, College Park Church. Founded in 1897, the church's roots in the community run deep, but like the city of ... More >>

Elation back wall for Luke Bryan tour

Elation back wall for Luke Bryan tourUSA - Wanting to get back to a bigger lighting look for country music star Luke Bryan's current Kill the Lights tour, lighting designer Justin Kitchenman of FadeUp Design Group created a spectacular upstage wall of lighting effects using 100 Elation Professional ACL 360i narrow-beam LED fixtures. "We chose the ACL 360i after a shootout with other similar fixtures," Kitchenman explained. "We felt the beam was a bit more defined, performance was comparable, and the price of the fixture allowed us to get the amount of fixtures we desired ... More >>

FBT offer Italian trip prize at BPM

FBT offer Italian trip prize at BPMUK - FBT UK is running a competition for visitors to this year's BPM Pro exhibition with the prize of a free trip to FBT's HQ in beautiful Recanati, Italy. During the trip the winner will visit FBT's factory for a complete tour and there may very well be excellent food and wine involved too, FBT says. To enter, visitors need to pre-register at www.fbtaudio.co.uk/win and then leave their business card in the competition box on the FBT UK stand at the show. A live draw will take place on Facebook after the show to determine the winner. (... More >>

Fineline supplies Duran Duran Eden special

Fineline supplies Duran Duran Eden specialUK - Rental company Fineline supplied lighting, video and rigging equipment plus crew to Duran Duran Live at Eden with BBC Music Day, staged at the Eden Project in Cornwall. The special concert was the finale of the BBC's 2016 Music Day - a nationwide celebration designed to unite different generations and communities through music. Fineline was working with TAO Productions with whom they also regularly collaborate as a technical solutions provider for the annual Eden Sessions concerts. The concert was broadcast live on BBC Radio 2, ... More >>

GLP X4 Bars at Shakespeare's Globe

GLP X4 Bars at Shakespeare's GlobeUK - Opened in 1997, Shakespeare's Globe is a reconstruction of the Globe Theatre, an Elizabethan Playhouse in London where many of Shakespeare's plays were performed. For the first time, the venue has installed a theatrical lighting rig for the summer season - with GLP's multiple award-winning impression X4 Bars playing a crucial role. Previously, performances have used only natural daylight, similar to the original productions, during daytime shows, and a wash of tungsten floodlighting in the evenings. Designed by Malcolm Rippeth, who ... More >>

Mazda MX-5 plays the Sound of Tomorrow

Mazda MX-5 plays the Sound of TomorrowEurope - To promote the sports model MX-5, Mazda created Mazda Drives: The Sound of Tomorrow campaign, the highlight of which is a special DJ concert by DJ Vicious, six-time Tomorrowland DJ, with flair as the Mazda MX-5 made music on a The Sound of Tomorrow is being advertised through the image of a car making music both in the literal and the figurative sense. The set is a huge vinyl record and the Mazda MX-5 will create music by driving on it. The car's precise and sharp steering enables it to act as a replacement pick ... More >>

Milos releases latest Mobiltechlifts video

Milos releases latest Mobiltechlifts videoEurope - Milos has just released a second video as part of its special three-month promotion on lifts from Mobiltechlifts, where you receive a free transportation wheel kit with every lift purchased until 30 September. In this video, Area Four Industries R&D director Marc Hendriks dives into the technical design, testing and certification of Mobiltechlifts products. This video is part of the on-going three-month promotion series from Milos that focuses on a selected range of products. During these promotions, Milos provides its ... More >>

Penn Elcom offers more choice and colour

Penn Elcom offers more choice and colourUK - Penn Elcom's l LED rack light - the RADM-23 Raclite - has proved so popular that the flightcase, loudspeaker and 19-inch rack manufacturer has launched an RGB version so that clients can vary the colour of their rack lighting. This innovative new rack system product was specifically designed for 19-inch racks of all types and in all scenarios, and can be fitted to the front or back of the rack where it provides a flexible, elegant and practical solution for illuminating equipment in dark environments. "Penn is all about customer ... More >>

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