23 September 2014

The Week in Lighting & Sound

The Week in Lighting & SoundJohn Peel Lecture - Iggy Pop is to deliver this year's John Peel Lecture. The singer, regarded by many as the godfather of punk, will talk about the subject of free music in a capitalist society on 13 October. The lecture will be aired live on BBC 6 Music, the digital radio station on which Pop hosts a weekly show, and later on BBC Four. The lecture is named in honour of late BBC Radio 1 broadcaster John Peel, who died in 2004. An annual event since 2011, the lecture allows prominent musicians to discuss the state of music and the music ... More >>

Robe, Clay Paky and Shure sponsor PLASA 2014

Robe, Clay Paky and Shure sponsor PLASA 2014UK - Robe, Clay Paky and Shure have been announced as the headline sponsors for PLASA London 2014. The show, which returns to ExCeL London for a second consecutive year starts on Sunday 5 October and is expecting visitor numbers of over 13,000. There they will see 250 exhibiting brands and 100 hours of educational seminar content along with numerous press launches, parties, networking events and gala dinners. Robe Lighting is Platinum Sponsor for the third year running and will mark the occasion by occupying a huge, 1,000 square ... More >>

TheatreStage line-up for PLASA 2014 confirmed

TheatreStage line-up for PLASA 2014 confirmedUK - The Theatres Trust announces the full programme of events on its TheatreStage at PLASA London from 5 - 8 October at ExCel London. A total of 21 presentations will be held on the TheatreStage - running over all four days of the PLASA London show. TheatreStage provides a focus on the show floor for visitors and the theatre industry to network and learn about projects, initiatives, campaigns and organisations connected to the theatre sector. New initiatives launched from TheatreStage this year include The Backstage Heritage ... More >>

PLASA 2014: GoboPlus makes show debut

PLASA 2014: GoboPlus makes show debutUK - GoboPlus.com (Stand R01) is a one-stop online shop, dedicated purely to the supply of all things projection, including custom and stock metal, glass and digital gobos and images. Proffering expert knowledge and exceptional service from Paul de Ville and Vicky Fairall, GoboPlus.com offers a comprehensive custom gobo service and stocks all Rosco, DHA and GAM ranges, in addition to its own unique GoboPlus.com designs. The shop is open 24 hours a day via GoboPlus.com's user-friendly, intuitive website, which offers secure payment ... More >>

PLASA 2014: Arkaos PRO shows latest MediaMaster

PLASA 2014: Arkaos PRO shows latest MediaMasterUK - ArKaos PRO will exhibit at PLASA 2014 in conjunction with its exclusive UK distributor, White Light (Stand F50). There they will demonstrate the new MediaMaster 4.1 the latest, ever-more powerful version of ArKaos PRO's media server software. A plethora of new features includes new aspect ratio and cropping tools, new hue, saturation and lightness tools, layer-based volume control and a redesigned interface. MediaMaster 4.1 brings more flexible protection via an optional dongle and many additional features, yet retains the ... More >>

National Theatre of Scotland tours with new lighting

National Theatre of Scotland tours with new lightingUK - Known for ground-breaking touring productions, the National Theatre of Scotland continues to amaze audiences across Scotland and the UK. The company's latest season features not only new productions, but new lighting technology to help each story shine. A fleet of new moving lights and control equipment from entertainment lighting specialist White Light will light up productions including The Tin Forest and The James Plays for 2014 and beyond. Heading into the summer, Paul Claydon - head of lighting at the National ... More >>

ETC Nomad builds fan base at Edinburgh Festival

ETC Nomad builds fan base at Edinburgh FestivalUK - ETC's recently introduced Nomad Puck - a tiny self contained computer which takes the place of either an Eos family or Cobalt family lighting desk - has been making a name for itself at the Edinburgh Festival. The Pleasance, a Fringe venue with 23 different performance spaces, originally used a SmartFade - ETC's smallest console - in one of their spaces. But when Calder Sibbald at ETC's Edinburgh-based dealer Black Light offered them a Nomad Puck for use instead, they were keen to give it a try, especially given the extra power it ... More >>

RGJ deploys Martin Audio for Croatia's Outlook

RGJ deploys Martin Audio for Croatia's OutlookCroatia - Started in 2008 by a collective, with a view to showcasing their sound systems, Croatia's Outlook Festival radically upgraded its production in 2011, and brought in RG Jones Sound Engineering and their premium Martin Audio systems to provide potent main stage reinforcement. They introduced the Harbour Arena, boasting idyllic views across the water to the bay of Pula on the Istrian coast, and doubled the capacity, as drum and bass, dubstep and reggae acts / DJs performed against the background of other makeshift stages, created ... More >>

Capital takes Optocore to Proms in the Park

Capital takes Optocore to Proms in the ParkUK - One London tradition that shows no sign of abating is the Last Night of the Proms celebrations in Hyde Park, hosted by Sir Terry Wogan. The open-air concert features a host of musical stars, including the perennial BBC Concert Orchestra - and this year Rufus Wainwright and Earth, Wind & Fire joined the bill. London-based rental company Capital Sound once again provided the audio infrastructure for the event, deploying their expanding network of Optocore X6R-FX interfaces to provide a fully redundant loop; this encompassed the ten ... More >>

MLA reinforces Invictus Games Closing Concert

MLA reinforces Invictus Games Closing ConcertUK - Martin Audio's award-winning MLA (Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array) PA system enjoyed its busiest weekend of the year, with two huge simultaneous London events either side of the capital. While rental / production company Capital Sound were fielding no fewer than 170 enclosures at the perennial Proms in the Park (Hyde Park), over in the east at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the Prince Harry inspired Jaguar Land Rover Invictus Games Closing Concert also featured MLA. The five hour extravaganza combined a celebration of medallion ... More >>

Covenant at the M'era Luna Festival with SGM

Covenant at the M'era Luna Festival with SGMGermany - The M'era Luna Festival takes place annually in Hildesheim, Germany at Flugplatz Hildesheim-Drispenstedt - a former British Army airbase. Featuring two stages, and historically specialising in goth, metal and industrial music, it also presents DJ sets on Friday and Saturday evening. Lighting designer, Stephan Aue, and operator, Rico Münzer, were working with Swedish electronic dance band, Covenant - and making heavy use of SGM's new LED catalogue. "The great thing about Covenant is that they are always looking for something ... More >>

DiGiCo shines on Ray LaMontagne Supernova tour

DiGiCo shines on Ray LaMontagne Supernova tourUSA - Grammy Award winning American singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne has taken to the road this autumn with his Supernova tour, which runs until mid November, climaxing with three dates at New York's Beacon Theatre. Front of House engineer Jon Lemon and monitor engineer Ed Ehrbar are taking advantage of the stellar power of DiGiCo SD10s throughout. Jon has long been an advocate of DiGiCo consoles. In fact, he was one of the very first to use a D5 Live when the company launched in 2002. His faith in its products has never waned and both ... More >>

Avolites Tiger Touch II controls at Invictus Games

Avolites Tiger Touch II controls at Invictus GamesUK - A tip top team of Avolites Tiger Touch II consoles were specified by lighting designer Matt Mawdsley for the inaugural Invictus Games held mainly at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London this month. The Invictus Games is the brainchild of Prince Harry, and took place from 10-14 September. More than 400 competitors from 13 countries participated in the multi-sport event. All of those taking part had fought alongside the UK in recent military campaigns, and had been wounded. Two Tiger Touch II desks - known for combining maximum ... More >>

Outline sounds the Siren on the Adriatic

Outline sounds the Siren on the AdriaticItaly - In spite of the overall critical economic period, a courageous organizer (Rome's DNA Concerti) decided to launch a brand-new Festival in a small picturesque town on the Abruzzo Adriatic coast in Italy, with a line-up up to the standards of Europe's established summer events. As well as swimming, aperitifs on the beach at sunset, delicious local cuisine, and screenings of films and music-themed documentaries, music fans at the Siren Festival (24-27 July) were also able to attend countless DJ sets and concerts by numerous Italian ... More >>

Momentum builds for 2015 Event Production Show

Momentum builds for 2015 Event Production ShowUK - With just five months to go until the doors open on the 2015 Event Production Show, organiser, Mash Media has confirmed stand sales are ahead of target. Many well-known businesses will return to the 2015 Show, including Morris Leslie, Saville AV, Sunbaba, Total Displays and Winner Events, alongside some first-time exhibitors showcasing services such as staging, security, traffic management and structures, representing the diversity of the industry. Some of the new exhibitors in these areas include Staging Services, Sol Security, A ... More >>

PLASA 2014: Robert Juliat unveils new followspot

PLASA 2014:  Robert Juliat unveils new followspotUK - Robert Juliat will exhibit at PLASA 2014 with its exclusive UK distributor, Ambersphere Solutions, where a new Robert Juliat followspot will be unveiled. Rumours of a new product from these masters of followspot design have been permeating the industry over the last few months. PLASA 2014 will give visitors the first opportunity to see the new model which has been created to reflect the specific requirements of those working in the touring, live music and large event market - indoors and out. Designed to complement to Robert ... More >>

PLASA 2014: Elation takes aim with Sniper

PLASA 2014: Elation takes aim with SniperUK - The market's newest light sensation - the Elation Sniper - created a buzz when released at the PRO show in mid-September and is now heading to the PLASA show in London (Stand K70) for an encore. Elation Professional will be showing the newly released multi-effect and laser simulator along with a host of other lighting innovations that includes the hybrid Platinum SBX, a 3-in-1 beam, spot, and wash fixture with an innovative, new optical system. "We are very excited to be returning to London this year, showing exciting new and ... More >>

PLASA 2014: Ayrton schedules UK debuts

PLASA 2014: Ayrton schedules UK debutsUK - Ayrton will be exhibiting at PLASA, London (5-8 October, Stand R70) with an array of new products, all of which have been introduced to the market in the last few months. The new Radical Series and the full NandoBeam Range will both receive their UK premieres, with a world premiere reserved for the launch of the new NandoBeamS9. The latest in the NandoBeam family, NandoBeam S9 is the big brother of the NandoBeamS3 and NandoBeamS6 LED moving head fixtures. Aimed at large musical, television and spectacular productions, NandoBeam S9 ... More >>

Broaman MADI finds favour at IBC

Broaman MADI finds favour at IBCThe Netherlands - BroaMan (Broadcast Manufactur GmbH) reported a hugely successful IBC Show in Amsterdam following a major media and customer launch for its new Mux22 MADI device. In addition, the company presented its latest joint custom solution with Amptown System Company (ASC) and was also able to reveal that it had again networked three stands (including its own with Clear-Com and DiGiCo) in real time, using single mode fibre network solutions. After an introduction from MD Tine Helmle, BroaMan's applications engineering manager ... More >>

PR Lighting successful Russian showcase

PR Lighting successful Russian showcaseRussia - PR Lighting recently returned from a highly successful product showcase in Moscow at Prolight+Sound NAMM Russia, where the company partnered with territorial distributor Asia Music. PR Lighting sales manager for the region, Bruce Tian, reports that as this is the critical show for the local market he was delighted that the booth was positioned close to the main entrance and in the same hall as all the major lighting companies. Asia Music showcased all the heavyweights from its new and expanding LED range, including XRLED 300 ... More >>

Wild & Marr wins Studer award at IBC

Wild & Marr wins Studer award at IBCThe Netherlands / South Africa - Wild and Marr, a leader in the distribution and installation of professional audio equipment in Southern Africa, has won the Studer Outstanding Achievement Award at a function held in Amsterdam during the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC). Studer recognised Wild & Marr for their proactive approach to business development in their territory, their strong technical support infrastructure and winning focus on customer satisfaction. "This is a great honour for Wild & Marr and reflects our ... More >>

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