6 October 2015

The Week in Lighting & Sound

The Week in Lighting & SoundFestival Fever - Thousands of festival goers were left disappointed after Glastonbury tickets sold out in just over half an hour. The £228 tickets went on sale at 9am and, 32 minutes later, they were all gone - not quite beating the 14 minutes it took this year's festival to sell out in October 2014. Emily Eavis, co-organiser of the festival and daughter of its founder Michael Eavis, tweeted, "Tickets have now sold out. Thank you to everyone for your incredible support and sorry to those who missed out Bring on Glastonbury 2016!" ... More >>

PLASA Awards for Innovation winners announced

PLASA Awards for Innovation winners announcedUK - The PLASA Awards for Innovation & Sustainability 2015 and the Gottelier Award, sponsored by Lighting&Sound International, were presented at the PLASA Show at London's ExCeL yesterday evening. This year, 31 products were nominated for the Awards for Innovation & Sustainability, with eight awards presented, including a final Gold Award for Innovation. The winners had to satisfy the judges that they demonstrate a new style of thinking, that they improve technical practice, have introduced new technologies, materials or techniques, ... More >>

PLASA Show 2015: ETC takes Gold

PLASA Show 2015: ETC takes GoldUK - For the first time at PLASA, ETC is using a second stand hosting their rigging products, which are new to Europe, in combination with their now famous upside down stand, where two fencers battle on the ceiling. On stand B40, the company's award winning range of Source Four LED fixtures are joined by the new, budget-friendly ColorSource line. Source Four LED fixtures are available in full colour, and both cool and warm whites; with their exceptional colour rendering and flicker-free output, they are quickly becoming the luminaire of ... More >>

PLASA Rigging Conference examines regulations and compliance

PLASA Rigging Conference examines regulations and complianceUK - The 2015 PLASA Rigging Conference was once again attended by approximately 120 delegates including rigging professionals, representatives from the UK Health and Safety Executive and from venues and rigging companies across Europe and even further afield. Technical content included the engineering principles behind aluminium truss design and the legal responsibilities involved with integrating chain hoists and control systems. Delegates made the most of the opportunity to ask the HSE questions about compliance and enforcement of the ... More >>

ETC mourns Bullen Lagerbielke

ETC mourns Bullen LagerbielkeETC is morning the loss of Pontus 'Bullen' Lagerbielke, who passed away following a battle against cancer. A professional lighting designer, console programmer and media server wizard, he loved working in this industry. He was an extremely valued member of the ETC Cobalt development team, and was also involved in the development of Congo. Sarah Clausen, who was a close personal friend as well as colleague, says, "Bullen has been an incredibly valuable contributor to the development of ETC lighting control products. He brought real-world ... More >>

Audioprof acquires majority share in Community

Audioprof acquires majority share in CommunityUSA/Europe - Audioprof Group International is delighted to announce that it has acquired a majority share in Community Professional Loudspeakers, a USA-based loudspeaker manufacturer with global sales activities. Community was founded in 1968 by Bruce Howze and designs and manufactures high-performance indoor and outdoor loudspeakers that provide reliable, long-term service, often for applications in extreme and challenging environments. Its products can be found in the world's leading sports venues, auditoria, theme parks, worship ... More >>

Chauvet matches Motown moods at Legends concert

Chauvet matches Motown moods at Legends concertUSA - The Jacksons and the Temptations both are Motown legends. Both are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Both are multiple Grammy winners - and both bring an infectious sense of sheer joy to every perfectly hit note in their musical performances. Yet for all that they share in common, the two iconic groups have very different musical styles. Lighting designer Jason 'Blends' Ayala of ProSho (New York) supported each group with a lightshow that fit its individual sound like a visual glove at the recent Motown Legends Show in White ... More >>

Clay Paky Mythos project for Queen and Country

Clay Paky Mythos project for Queen and CountryUK - Twelve Clay Paky Mythos fixtures projected text and images onto the Tower of London in September as part of a star-studded charity event honouring wounded armed forces veterans. The initiative was launched to raise awareness of the Haig Housing Trust, which offers housing assistance to ex-service people and the week culminated in a fundraising event, For Queen and Country, to mark the charity's centenary. London-based Lightning Events was tasked with projecting the messages onto the side of the tower, and specified the ... More >>

Dubai's Vegas Club installs NEXT-proaudio

Dubai's Vegas Club installs NEXT-proaudioUAE - NEXT-proaudio's distributor in UAE - Echo Beats Professional Systems- equipped the Vegas Club & Lounge in Dubai. This club is inside the Hotel Holiday Inn Bur Dubai located in the heart of Dubai, a hub in between embassies and businesses. "The idea was to renovate the sound system in the club", explained Echo Beats key account manager, Rami Najjar. "They tested a lot of equipment from different brands but after the demo that was made in our showroom, they were completely amazed with the sound quality and clarity controlled and ... More >>

Eurotruss opens UK operation

Eurotruss opens UK operationUK - Eurotruss has announced its expansion into the UK with the launch of Eurotruss Sales UK Ltd. Based in Northampton, the new UK facility will stock a wide range of popular product allowing for instant despatch, or customer collection. Truss structures can be very complex; Eurotruss offers both ideas and solutions as part of their comprehensive service. The appointment of many new preferred partners across the globe shows Eurotruss are an innovative company, committed to growth in the market place. "This move brings us ever closer to ... More >>

Martin Audio MLA on stream with Old Barn Audio

Martin Audio MLA on stream with Old Barn AudioUK - Martin Audio partner and sub-distributor Old Barn Audio (OBA) has been a regular visitor to the Lee Valley White Water Centre in Waltham Cross recently. Originally constructed in 2010 at a cost of £31m as one of the 2012 London Olympics host venues, it has now undergone an upgrade to its installed sound system in preparation for hosting the recent ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships. First, OBA fitted Martin Audio's new CDD installation series on the terrace, meeting rooms and meeting room balconies, before providing their ... More >>

Meyer's Leopard leads line-up at Way Out West

Meyer's Leopard leads line-up at Way Out WestSweden - Way Out West festival in Gothenburg offered an immersive showcase for the recently expanded Leo family systems from Meyer Sound. With the newest Leopard linear sound reinforcement system leading a family of Leeo and Lyon systems, Meyer Sound covered all four festival stages, supporting headliners such as Beck, Patti Smith, Florence and the Machine, Belle & Sebastian, and Pet Shop Boys. Stockholm-based Starlight provided all sound, lighting, and staging systems. "Leopard is a sound revolution at its extreme limit," says Fredrik "... More >>

Olympia appoints Blitz|GES in three year deal.

Olympia appoints Blitz|GES in three year deal.UK - Blitz|GES, supplier of audio-visual equipment and services to the live events industry, has secured a new three year contract with major London event venue, Olympia London, to provide a range of technical event services including sound, lighting, video, graphics and staging, as well as allowing the venue access to the full range of services from Global Experience Specialists (GES). Gillian Kiamil, venue director at Olympia London said, "Blitz|GES's technical services are consistently highly rated by event organisers; they are the ... More >>

PLASA Show 2015: Adobe's Creative Cloud session

PLASA Show 2015: Adobe's Creative Cloud sessionUK - Straight off the back of Adobe's recent announcements, Niels Stevens, Video Business Development Manager, will showcase the very latest developments in their Creative Cloud content creation tools and services. Today at PLASA Show 2015, Niels Stevens, the Video Business Development Manager for Adobe will present a three sessions as part of PLASA's renowned seminar stream. Straight off the back of Adobe's recent announcements, Niels Stevens will showcase the very latest developments in their Creative Cloud content creation tools and ... More >>

PLASA Show 2015: Clay Paky demos draw crowds

PLASA Show 2015: Clay Paky demos draw crowdsUK - Italian lighting manufacturer Clay Paky is delighted to once again be a Gold Sponsor of PLASA Show. This year, the company joins its UK and Ireland distributor Ambersphere Solutions on stand B10, where the team are busy showcasing two brand new additions to the Clay Paky range - Scenius and Spheriscan - both nominated for the prestigious PLASA Awards for Innovation. "Scenius is our new, extremely silent moving head spotlight at the top of the Clay Paky range. Its advanced optical unit and the new 1400W - 6000K OSRAM discharge lamp ... More >>

PLASA Show 2015: CORE showcases wireless innovations

PLASA Show 2015: CORE showcases wireless innovationsUK - Wireless LED lighting manufacturer CORE Lighting are at the PLASA Show 2015 on Stand C24, part of UK distributor White Light's 'Village' and where they are displaying a range of their latest innovations. CORE products are known for the high quality and excellent engineering that comes with the 'Made in the UK' marque. As an independent company, CORE can also react quickly and decisively to market demands and ensure its products stay at the forefront of the fast-moving live events industry. Featured products at PLASA include CORE's ... More >>

PLASA Show 2015: Flare Audio's Zero a new pro audio hero

PLASA Show 2015: Flare Audio's Zero a new pro audio heroUK - Flare Audio is showcasing its new Flare Zero loudspeaker aimed at discerning studios, musicians and audiophiles and allowing them to hear exactly the sounds that the artist intended them to hear. Nominated for a prestigious PLASA Award for Innovation, this unique system features the company's patent-pending 3D printed spiralled Vortex exhausts and Space technologies, utilised to the max for minimal distortion, high-power, highest definition sound. Says Flare: "Zero stands at 1.8m high and looks to float in mid-air. The 3.5kw of ... More >>

PLASA Show 2015: 'How to use lights' and 'Top Tips on Lighting' sessions

PLASA Show 2015: 'How to use lights' and 'Top Tips on Lighting' sessionsUK - Today at PLASA Show 2015, expert Media Trainer Ian Hider will present two sessions on the Lighting Showcase as part of PLASA's popular seminar stream. The sessions entitled 'How to use lights' and 'Top Tips on Lighting an Interview' are presented by Ian Hilder who worked for the BBC for 29 years as a cameraman and comes to PLASA to share his tips on efficient, effective and creative interview lighting, as well as to impart invaluable advice on BS7909. The first session focuses on the BS7909, the BSI British Standards 'code of ... More >>

PLASA Show 2015: New from Neutrik . . .

PLASA Show 2015: New from Neutrik . . .UK - Neutrik's innovative new XLR Type Data Power connector - 8+2 pole - is on display at PLASA Show 2015. With the 10 pole XLR connectors Neutrik offers an easy to assemble and rugged multi-pin connection. The connectors are ideal for Ethernet plus power and wherever a robust and securely locking connection is needed. The eight smaller pins can be used for data offering CAT5e performance. Over the two larger pins power up to 16A and 50V can be transmitted. This is a multiple of PoE+. The 10 pole cable connectors offer the sleek ... More >>

PLASA Show 2015: Phil Ward hosts two audio panels

PLASA Show 2015: Phil Ward hosts two audio panelsUK - Today at PLASA Show 2015 renowned pro audio journalist Phil Ward returns to host a further two Audio panels as part of PLASA's renowned seminar stream, entitled 'NOISES OFF! Controlling event sound' and 'DON'T WORRY, BE IP - Networking for live sound and installation.' The first session focuses on the messy issues of noise control at outdoor events. Featuring the confirmed panel members Bryan Grant, Jason Baird, Jim Griffiths, Peter van der Geer, plus d&b audiotechnik's Steve Jones, the session will feature hi-tech noise ... More >>

PLASA Show 2015: PSCo brings cutting-edge technology to PLASA

PLASA Show 2015: PSCo brings cutting-edge technology to PLASAUK - PSCo, the trade only AV distributor and rental specialist, is showcasing the latest innovations from its leading manufacturer partners at PLASA Show 2015. Visitors are able to view PSCo's must-see 3-2-1mm LED line-up of Absen products on its 70sq.m stand, alongside innovative LCD displays including the new Samsung High Bright and video wall displays, and the stunning new Samsung 105" display - the largest professional display available in the world. PSCo's Stuart Holmes comments: "This is the third consecutive year that we've done ... More >>

RML on the case for new Watchdog series

RML on the case for new Watchdog seriesUK - Now in its 36th series, the long running BBC show Watchdog gives the public a chance to 'name and shame' once and for all. LD Chris Kempton designs the lights - provided through RML - for the studio show and his simple, yet effective rig comprises of 26x Pixel Par 90s, MR16 Kits, Batten 50's, Choma Flood TC's and Stage Bars. In recent years Watchdog has been filmed at The Hospital Club studio. This new eight-part series will cover topics such as ill-fitting baby car seats, eye surgery and inadequate after care. They ... More >>

Syncrolite's rocking festival season rolls on

Syncrolite's rocking festival season rolls onUSA - One of the last of the season's major US music festivals takes place this month in Austin, TX. Syncrolite returns to the Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL) in a big way by providing SXL automated skylights that will be filling the night sky over Zilker Park with dancing beams of light and ArenaColor wash fixtures illuminating the stage scrims. Syncrolite's appearance at ACL caps off a summer of festival appearances in North America that included: Made in America, Outside Lands Festival, Coachella, Lollapalooza, Osheaga, ... More >>

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