4 August 2015

The Week in Lighting & Sound

The Week in Lighting & SoundWeather Report - The final day of Lollapalooza music festival ended early after a second severe storm threatened Chicago. Florence & the Machine finished their set with Dog Days before running off stage on the final day. Earlier tens of thousands of festival-goers had to leave the city's Grant Park as lightning threatened the area. Fans were told to evacuate and go to one of three underground parking garages designated as emergency evacuation shelters. Windy City - Edinburgh Fringe's first dedicated circus venue has been ... More >>

Robe BMFL spots funk up Paolo Nutini

Robe BMFL spots funk up Paolo NutiniUK - Paolo Nutini recently played a concert at Millennium Square in Leeds, UK, right in the city centre, for which the production (flown) lighting rig of Robe BMFLs, Pointes and LEDWash 600s was supplied by locally based Zig Zag Lighting for event promoter Futuresound Events. Paolo's lighting designer Jason Hyne brought his touring specials package in 'underneath' this, and combined the two lighting rigs to create another stunning and dramatic show that thrilled the 7000 enthusiastic fans at the sold out show. Zig Zag works regularly ... More >>

Roland launches compact M-5000C console

Roland launches compact M-5000C consoleUK - Roland has announced the global launch of the O.H.R.C.A M-5000C Digital Mixing Console. This console closely follows the launch of the award winning O.H.R.C.A M-5000 console earlier this year. Measuring under 30 inches (74 cm) in width and weighing just 70 pounds (32kg), the compact M-5000C offers all the flexibility and power of the M-5000 console but in a smaller footprint - making it suitable for touring, broadcast, theatre and live performance. The M-5000C will make its debut to the European market at the forthcoming IBC ... More >>

Blackout creates bespoke drape for Take That tour

Blackout creates bespoke drape for Take That tourUK - Blackout's sewing department manufactured a bespoke drape for Take That's 2015 tour, used as the projection surface for a magical shadow puppetry scene, April 2015 - October 2015. Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald are making their way across Europe on a 51 date tour; their first as a three-piece band. Renowned for their impressive production - think Progress Tour's OM Robot - the 2015 tour is no different, with a myriad of standout moments to make the crowd go 'wow'. One of these is the moment when the 'under-the-sea' scene ... More >>

ETC Ion for National Theatre of Namibia

ETC Ion for National Theatre of NamibiaNamibia - The National Theatre of Namibia has taken delivery of an ETC Ion control desk, thanks to ETC's South African dealer Prosound. Prosound's general manager Ian Blair says:, "We recently did an extensive upgrade for the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation, and on one of our follow up visits, we called in at the National Theatre of Namibia, where we met technical and IT manager Jack Francis Jnr and head of lighting Asser Kauazunda. "Asser and Jack advised that their current old theatre console had reached the end of its life - but, ... More >>

Major Tom upgrades to Optocore for Sheeran shows

Major Tom upgrades to Optocore for Sheeran showsUK - With a major roster of artists on its books - and one of its long-term charges Ed Sheeran recently undertaking a stadium tour, UK-based rental company Major Tom Ltd was eager to keep its digital audio systems constantly evolving. "We had been looking at investing in an Optocore system for a while, admits Major Tom's Andy Banks. "We have been massive DiGiCo users since they started out, and as such have always used the Optocore products within the DiGiCo set up." But recently they purchased their own independent system, comprising ... More >>

Robe helps launch The Art of Light in Prague

Robe helps launch The Art of Light in PragueCzech Republic - Robe helped launch Yaron Abulafia's new book The Art of Light on Stage: Lighting in Contemporary Theatre at the 2015 Prague Quadrennial. Robe is sponsoring this work by the artist and award winning lighting designer. The launch - attended by over 300 guests - took place at the Hybernia Theatre in central Prague. The book is the first history and analysis of theatre lighting design that brings the story bang up to date, with Yaron exploring the poetics of light and charting the evolution of lighting design against ... More >>

Jands Vista S1 in control of Legoland spectacular

Jands Vista S1 in control of Legoland spectacularUK - UK - Jands Vista v2 has been specified to provide control for all lighting aspects of Lego Friends to the Rescue, an all-new live show spectacular which recently opened at the Legoland Windsor Resort. Lego Friends to the Rescue is set in the resort's new land, Heartlake City, which recreates the fun and colourful world of the popular Lego Friends toy range. During the show, guests join Heartlake City's five female characters on an action packed adventure which is full of music, dance and special effects. Dominating ... More >>

Entec lights Portishead summer shows

Entec lights Portishead summer showsUK - West London based rental company Entec continues its working relationship with Portishead. Entec first started working with Portishead through their previous lighting designer Tony Austin, who also originally asked current LD Niall Hannell to come on-board, initially as a programmer in April 2008. Niall took over as LD last year. This summer Entec supplied a floor specials, control and WYSIWYG package to Portishead's three latest high profile shows at Montreux Jazz, Benicassim in Spain and Latitude festival in the UK along with a ... More >>

Martin Audio's mammoth charity walk

Martin Audio's mammoth charity walkUK - Staff from Martin Audio subjected themselves to a real endurance test recently when they took up the Grand Union 50K Challenge, organized by Action Challenge. That's 31 miles in old money! Encouraged by team captain Sophie McCurdy, strongly supported by Simon Bull, the team - which also included David Morbey, Maureen Hayes, Nigel Meddemmen, Debbie Moore, Andy Baldwin, Lydia Blackwood and Russell Lee - set out at 9am from Watford's Cassiobury Park and finished at 10.30pm. The total walking time was nine and a half hours (plus rest ... More >>

White Light in the club with 50 Cent

White Light in the club with 50 CentUK - Rap superstar 50 Cent and his group G-Unit returned to London on 17 July for a one-off gig at the O2 Arena. Produced by Musicalize, they approached White Light to act as lighting supplier. White Light's project manager Josh Yard comments,"This concert ticked every box for us. Not only were we working at a prolific venue but also supporting one of the most notable names in the music industry today." During the concert, White Light worked closely with lighting designer Fraser Elisha who was tasked with constructing the lighting ... More >>

Forty Outline Butterfly for a million spectators

Forty Outline Butterfly for a million spectatorsItaly - At the beginning of the summer, Rome's San Giovanni (St John Lateran) Square hosted a reported crowd of a million people of all ages from all over Italy, gathered in support of the family, in favour of children's rights to have a mother and a father, and making an apolitical and non-denominational protest against the introduction of "gender ideology" in schools. The company with the task of ensuring that such a large crowd managed to follow every word of the speakers alternating on stage was Cipiesse (Centro di Programmazione ... More >>

GeminiLSV invests in more Elation LED video

GeminiLSV invests in more Elation LED videoUSA - Dallas-based rental and production company Gemini Light, Sound & Video recently added 480 Elation EPT6IP LED video panels to its inventory and immediately took the 6.7mm pixel pitch panels out on a major summer tour and high profile event with more to come. "We had been searching for quite a while for a good touring LED panel and visited the InfoComm show in 2014 with the goal of finding one we could use in 2015 and beyond," stated John Stem of GeminiLSV, whose criteria for the panel included high resolution, IP65 rating and ... More >>

DWR and Anolis enhance Holland Group signage

DWR and Anolis enhance Holland Group signageSouth Africa -The Hollard Insurance Group, South Africa's largest privately owned insurance group, has invested in low consumption Anolis LED lighting to enhance the exterior signage at the Hollard Campus, a landmark property situated in Parktown, Johannesburg. HKLM were the brand agency of the upgrade and commissioned DWR Distribution to install eight Anolis ArcPad 48 RGBW integral fixtures to illuminate four Hollard signs. This was Grant Joubert's first lighting assignment as the new architectural sales consultant at DWR. The project ... More >>

Lawton joins TSL in production engineering role

Lawton joins TSL in production engineering roleUK - Well known lighting industry professional Karl Lawton has joined the team at TSL as head of production engineering. Karl was originally bitten by the lighting bug at school and subsequently graduated from Rose Bruford College with a BA Hons degree in lighting design. Karl has built a reputation as a highly skilled freelance crew chief and engineer, over the past 12 years, with involvement with a wide variety of concert, touring projects and large scale special events. Karl will be taking overall responsibility for the coordination ... More >>

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